Yesterday, Burger Records announced "major structural changes" after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the California garage rock label and record store's artists and employees emerged on social media. Burger co-founder and president Lee Rickard stepped down, co-founder Sean Bohrman moved into a "transitional" role, and Jessa Zapor-Gray became interim label president, with plans to rename the label BRGR RECS and launch an all-woman imprint, BRGRRRL.
Those plans have been scrapped. Now, Burger Records is instead shutting down completely.
In a statement released late Tuesday, Zapor-Gray -- who has worked in communications and partnerships with Burger and Burger artists on a contract basis for the last year and a half -- announced that she would not be taking over the label after all. When she accepted the role over the weekend, "My plan was to quickly begin assessing and evaluating if anything about the label could perhaps be salvaged and made into something better, then eventually hand off a functioning label to a future administration unrelated to the label’s founders;" she wrote, "or if I found that rebuilding was not possible, instead to organize and prepare the label for closure."