Band objects to their music used in Guantanamo torture

Skinny Puppy performs at the Observatory in Santa Ana on January 24, 2014. (Photo courtesy: OCWEEKLY website, picture by Brian Erzen)

Legendary rock band Metallica asked the U.S. military to stop using its music as a torture device in Guantanamo prison in 2013, last week a Canadian band also publicly rejected the use of its music as a means to keep terrorism suspects awake all night.

Skinny Puppy, an electronic music group, took the matter one step further by sending the U.S. government an invoice after finding out their music was “used as torture device in Guantanamo Bay,” the Independent reported on Friday.

“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” the paper quoted founder Evin Key as telling Phoenix New Times.

Key added: “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,” Key added. “Thus the concept of the [band’s new] record title, Weapons.”

In its 2013 album titled “Weapons,” the band, which is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre, touched upon issues related to “terrorism.”

In one of the songs: “IllisiT,” there is a clear criticism of the way governments have dealt with the issue: “we live in a criminal age,” read the lyrics, “a terrorist is blame, we’re the receivers, living in a game.”

The band also expressed shock that their music was purportedly used to torture people, and Key said the do not feel “too good” about it.

“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,” he explained.

While the U.S. interrogation experts said that “music torture,” didn’t cause “long term effects,” the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights have banned the use of loud music in interrogations.

After the toppling Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein in 2003, the BBC claimed that Metallica’s music as well as songs from children’s TV programs such as Barney and Sesame Street were used to break the will of the Iraqi captives.

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