GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- After learning that their music was allegedly used to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy almost sent the U.S. government a bill.
“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” Skinny Puppy’s CEvin Key told 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.”
After creating the invoice, the band did something creative with it for their new album, Weapon. “We never sent it. The album cover is the invoice,” Key said. “The original impetus of recording the album was those two concepts: the torture and the invoice.”
Even though the band was able to channel the situation to make an album, the members of Skinny Puppy weren’t very pleased with how their music was being used.
“We never supported those types of scenarios,” Key said. “It's kind of typical that we thought this would end up happening, in a weird way. Because, we make unsettling music we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn't sit right with us.”
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Heavy metal band Metallica discovered their music was being used as a torture device at Guantanamo, so they sent the government a cease-and-desist letter.
[Phoenix New Times] [The Independent]