One night back in October last year, Minneapolis soft-rock band Gayngs (a group which consists of over 25 members, including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) reported that their tour bus, along with all their equipment and belongings.
Initially believing the bus to be stolen, the band later found out that the bus driver was ordered by C.J. Starbuses, the tour bus company, to return it to its Nashville headquarters because of a dispute over an unpaid $6,000 bill. Given no warning, Gayngs had to cancel their final show at the Austin City Limits festival and responded to the incident by taking legal action against C.J.Starbuses. Last week, they won, with “over $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages” awarded. Ouch.
Justin’s brother and Gayngs’ manager Nate Vernon said: “I am extremely relieved that the jury understood the turmoil, both emotionally and financially, the band has gone through as a result being forced to cancel our ACL performance. No amount of money can make up for being deprived of that show; however, the peace of mind which comes from justice is the next best thing.”
Here’s a video of Gayngs’ Cry from their album ‘Relatyed’, released on Jagiaguwar last year.
[Gayngs – Cry]