Canadian electro-industrial rock act Skinny Puppy have sent a bill for $666,000 to the Pentagon in the USA over allegations that interrogators at Guantánamo Bay used their music as a form of torture.
Band co-founder cEvin Key said he learned of the alleged tactic from a fan and former guard at the detention centre who is writing a book about his experiences there.
“We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against people,” Key told CTV News. “I am not only against the fact they are using our music to inflict damage on somebody else but they are doing it without anybody’s permission.”
But the band are not entirely surprised that their songs were used as sonic punishment for Guantánamo detainees. “We thought this would end up happening,” Key added. “Because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in this weird way. But it doesn’t sit right with us.”
He went on to say that the revelation prompted the band to send a bill to the US Department of Defence for musical services rendered. “We decided to come up with a figure that would be somewhat relevant to the evilness of the deed, so basically we’ve invoiced them for $666,000.”