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The American band Slaves is changing its name following nationwide protests against racism.

In a joint statement posted to social media Thursday, the five members of the band — Colin Vieira, Weston Richmond, Juan Felipe Sanchez, Zachary Baker and Matt McAndrew — announced the upcoming album "To Better Days" will be the band's last released under its current name.

They did not reveal in their statement what their new name will be.

According to the musicians, the name Slaves was intended to highlight "the band's battle with substance abuse in the past, to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our own demons."

"Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult subjects head on, as well as to build a community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated," they added. “However, this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations."

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The band members say they no longer want to be associated with their former title.

"As obstinate supporters of the BLM Movement, we cannot continue to tie our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative weight and hurt," they said.

They capped off their statement noting that their next album will mark "the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for the band."

Slaves is not the only band undergoing a name change in the wake of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Lady Antebellum announced earlier this month that they would change their name to Lady A in an effort to distance themselves from a term with ties to slavery. Similarly, The Dixie Chicks changed their name to The Chicks, due to the association of the word "Dixie" with Confederate states.

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