a weapon of mass distraction

it’s been said that music can soothe the savage beast…or it can awaken that beast, and thus inflict nightmares upon its listeners. a recent news story has come to light involving the music of Skinny Puppy being used to extract information from detainees at Guantanamo Bay, often played for 6 hours straight without breaks. members of the band were informed by a former prison guard who also happens to be a fan of theirs, and now the group is demanding compensation for use of its music from the U.S. Government. CTV News spoke to cEvin Key via phone while the band is currently touring the States to hear his take on everything, and ABC News reports that SP has invoiced the Pentagon. in the band’s 30 year career, this is probably the most mainstream press coverage they’ve ever received. although it’s under some rather bizarre circumstances, the fact that they are taking such a strong stance against the inhumane use of their back catalog shows they are not to be trifled with.

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