The Squids’ US tour cancelled over flag-burning imagery

Northhampton, UK-based The Squids have been forced to cancel their American tour after a dispute over some inflammatory imagery used in the band’s tour posters. According to a local paper, the band used the images of flaming stars and stripes pictures on a MySpace flyer for three New York shows, which prompted the US venues to cancel the band’s gigs.

Singer Stuart Fraser explained:

We used a picture of an American flag and it said ‘The Squids are coming to burn America’. We didn’t think it was too offensive, just a bit rock ‘n’ roll. We were contacted by the venues, who said it was offensive and asked if we would take it down, but we said no. A few days later, all our shows were cancelled.

We’re annoyed by what’s happened. It was only a burning American flag. We didn’t even know it was illegal to burn them. We just thought it was a bit of fun; we saw the picture and thought it would do. We wanted to show we were coming and we were going to make an impact, but they obviously have no sense of humour.

You can see the flyer in question here.
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Morrissey signs to Polydor

Though there was speculation about a self-released full length, Morrissey has opted to sign with Polydor for his next full length. He explained why to NME:

If they (Radiohead) think that can work that that’s a wonderful world. And yes, you can look at record companies and you can easily assess that they’ve been ripping people off for years and years and years. The whole process is a gigantic rip off. But then there are people like me who need to be institutionalised… and I don’t mean in an asylum!

Believing that several thousand people are working to get your music heard is more inspiring to me than anything else

Morrissey released Ringleader Of The Tormentors last year.
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Bomb The Music Industry: “25”

Bomb the Music Industry! has posted a new track. The prolific band is currently in the midst of demoing for their next full length. The band adds:

Demo-ing/writing for the new record is getting started – lots of pianos, lots of baritone guitar and lots of programming n’ samples. I think there’s gonna be a ska song coming too so we can keep beating that dead horse. None of the songs are longer than three minutes so far either.

You can check out “25” on their myspace page.
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