The Chicks went public with their name change in late June when they dropped the song “March March” off their highly anticipated new album Gaslighter.
The trio was the subject of a lengthy New York Times profile and discussed why they officially made the decision to move forward with the new name.
The band originally named themselves after the Little Feat song “Dixie Chicken.” “We were literally teenagers when we picked that stupid name,” Martie Maguire said. The group wanted to change the name “years and years and years ago” and had grown tired of it by 2003.
“I just wanted to separate myself from people that wave that Dixie flag.” Natalie Maines said.
The final straw came last month as Emily Strayer came across a post with a Confederate flag on Instagram labeled “The Dixie Swastika.”
“I don’t want to have anything to do with that,” she told the New York Times.
The group knew their announcement would draw considerable attention on social media. As fans sent over tweets containing some of the most outlandish reactions, The Chicks decided to have some fun with it. They held a Zoom video conference in which they dramatically read the most absurd takes they found on social media.
“I used to care way too much what people thought,” Strayer said. “I really have a don’t-give-a-[expletive] part to me now, which I didn’t have before.”
The Chicks will make their long-awaited return when they release their eighth studio album Gaslighter on July 17. It marks their first record since 2006 and was produced by Jack Antonoff.