The estate of late The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith has distanced itself from a new offshoot band called House of All, calling the group “very misleading.”
House of All, which features several musicians who played in The Fall alongside Smith, is self-described on Twitter as a “Fall Family Continuum project.” It plans to release new music this spring.
Ahead of a House of All tour announcement this week, The Fall’s website has been updated with a “Statement on behalf of the late Mark E. Smith’s Family and Estate.”
“We wish to clarify to several ex-members of ‘The Fall’ and/or any potential labels or associates that whilst we wish you well in your future career and projects, we would like to make it quite clear and simple that the Family and Estate of Mark E. Smith in no way endorse nor wish to be associated with ‘House of All,'” the statement reads. “Furthermore, we do not like or permit the use of Mark E. Smith’s name, images and/or band name to be used in any kind of exploiting way.”
The statement concludes, “Not only do we find this extremely offensive and very misleading to the wider audience and fans of Mark E. Smith & The Fall, but it also causes us much sorrow, distress and discomfort.”
Smith, the only constant member of The Fall, died in 2018 at age 60. A fixture of the U.K. post-punk scene, The Fall was hugely influential on the coming alternative scene.
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