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Vancouver band's music used to torture Guantanamo Bay prisoners

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 05, 2014 5:18 pm

A Vancouver-based electronic band called Skinny Puppy is at odds with the U.S. government after the group learned that its music was used to sonically torture prisons at Guantanamo Bay.

The band was not pleased when they found out about its improper and nonconsensual usage. They recently sent the American government a symbolic ‘invoice’ with the release of their most recent album titled Weapon.

“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” said band founder cEvin Key, during an interview with the Phoenix New Times. “We heard that our music was used in at least four occasions. We thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services, thus the concept of the record title, Weapon.”

Skinny Puppy does not support torture, telling the Phoenix New Times that “we never supported those types of scenarios… Because, we make unsettling music we can see it being used in a weird way. It doesn’t sit right with us.”

The band was formed in Vancouver in 1982 and performs at dance clubs. Accordingto Key, their music is a “heavier version” of underground sound and punk.

Image: Skinny Puppy music video screenshot

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