On March 3rd 2022, Hopeless records most recent addition to the roster, a Pop/Metal artist named “Scene Queen” released a new song titled “Pink Rover”, which features a pink candle lit table, mixed with Occult/Gothic props and imagery, including blood, as the music video portrays a group of women beating up a man who is catcalling and harassing women.
While the reviews of the song are mixed, it has received mass amounts of attention on the social media platform Tik-Tok where the artist now sits at over 300K followers. The audio from the music video has been used in over 11.6K videos on the platform and the music video has been viewed over 83K times within the first week of being released.
But another Pop/Metal band “Peachy”, located in Tampa, Florida is finding too many similarities between the new Hopeless Record's arrival and the aesthetic they pushed back in 2019 when they released their music video for their song “Fake It 'Til You Make It”, which also includes a Pink Candle lit table with Gothic-styled props and blood as they sing about fake friends.
Bassist Christopher Murray had this to say in a recent facebook post:
“Down to coining a “-core” name (ours bitchcore, theirs bimbocore) - the artwork, the imagery, even the band with ski masks but the vocalist not wearing one.
I want to be clear here, even though the band feels this way, I’m posting this of my own fruition, and honestly, I was to be EXTRA clear, I honestly don’t think the “scene queen” girl is evidently at fault here (unless idk, she is)- I’m assuming that more than likely, this was a label or management push, or producer push (the way everything is and appears) because I got LOTS of industry fu**s on here and from what I’ve learned in life, it’s hard to trust a lot of you unfortunately. “
According to Chris, Peachy’s vocalist Kara Murray was even contacted by Hopeless Records to help promote the song due to her own large Tik-Tok following of over 230K followers.
“The reason I’m so passionate about this is because for YEARS, Kara and I have worked our asses off, spending every last dime we’ve had, living in the worst conditions, eating gas station food, and spending anything extra on the band. And this happens, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I can’t help but be a little pissed off…..All in all, we wish the best of luck to Scene Queen, we support women in metal and want to see it happen more. We just feel snuffed, and it isn’t very women empowering to steal from other women artists.” said Chris in his final statements about the issue."
Peachy recently released a new single titled “Oops you died” on Friday, March 11th 2022 in response to these events.
So the question is, is this purely coincidence?
Below are some of the pictures used to compare, you decide for yourself.
Where is the line between coincidence and copycat? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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