Jan 2014 23

Skinny Puppy used as method of tortureThe United States government has used music by industrial rock legends Skinny Puppy as a form of torture, according to the band. Founder cEvin Key spoke with the Phoenix New Times via phone regarding the news, “We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people. We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions. So 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.” Key continued, “We never supported those types of scenarios… Because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn’t sit right with us.”
Weapon is Skinny Puppy’s twelfth studio album, released in 2013 and featuring a re-recording of the track “Solvent” from the album RemissionNivek Ogre spoke with ReGen Magazine in May of last year, in which he mentioned learning of the music used as a torture device, and its impact on the album. “…the impetus of the idea was to use Skinny Puppy as a weapon and write a record calledWeapon and write it in a way that it could be used as a weapon and used to torture people. We were going to do some information requests and ask for papers or references on what frequencies they use, what was most effective, and we were even going to go the full nine yards and even release an instruction manual with the album on how to use the album to torture people.” Ogre also discussed the current state of Skinny Puppy with ReGen. “We just fired our management before this album and delivered Weapon with no management, which was an amazing realization that we probably didn’t need management and that it may have made things more difficult. We thought we needed a mediator. We found out while working on this album that it went by so smooth and so quick, the questions between cEvin and I were so simple and so easy, and we delivered the album even before the deadline. It was stunning to think, ‘We don’t need handlers. Wow!’” Weapon was featured on ReGen’s Top 20 Albums of 2013.
The current Skinny Puppy North American tour begins on January 24.


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Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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