"Let Creators Create. Have your people stop calling my people."
L.S. Dunes, the post-hardcore supergroup starring My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero, Circa Survive’s Anthony Green, Thursday’s Tucker Rule and Tim Payne and Coheed & Cambria’s Travis Stevers, have come under fire from an unexpected source: Lego.
The band have gotten into trouble with the toy monolith, with Iero claiming that Lego have reached out to L.S. Dunes’ record label, Fantasy Records, and urged them to remove the latest L.S. Dunes video, Grey Veins.
The group’s latest music video prominently features mini Lego figurines, but whether or not L.S. Dunes have breached Lego’s trademark clause is unclear.
The Lego website says that the company “can’t allow” creators to use Lego copyright material, Consequence Of Sound notes, including “brand names, logos and trademarks like the 2×4 brick or the LEGO minifigure for commercial purposes such as promotional campaigns, marketing and PR.”
You can watch the Grey Veins music video below.
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Lego’s response to the clip has upset Iero, who said that he’s “hurt and wildly confused” in an open letter he shared on Twitter. The post reads:
Dear @lego, why are you having your lawyers call my record label (@fantasyrecords) and demand we take down the @LSDunes music video we made for our song Grey Veins?”
As a card carrying Lego VIP and lifelong creator and builder I am hurt and wildly confused. I have spent more hours than I can calculate, not to mention thousands upon thousands of dollars over the years, buying and building your sets as a child, a teenager, a semi-adult, and now as a dad who builds with his son. An eleven year old who loves Legos more than anyone I have ever met, and even made us dedicate a room in our house to building them. My family and I have vacationed at Legoland and my other band has been voted into your Lego Ideas program by 10k supporters as a potential future build set.
I love your company because you gave us bricks and taught us we didn’t have to accept the world as it was, we could see what was possible and build it ourselves. I have taken that inspiration and created a universe of my own and now you want to squash it, why?
Let Creators Create.
Have your people stop calling my people.
Spread kindness, spread the creativity, spread the word.
Leggo My Lego.
Earlier this year, Kill Your Stereo caught up with Iero to talk about forming a new band and starting fresh with L.S. Dunes and their essential debut album, Past Lives. You can read the interview here.