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Punk band 'censored' at the Crypt

Cold In Berlin’s X-rated set slashed to just four songs at LSC gig

Written by . Published on May 25th 2011.

Punk band 'censored' at the Crypt

WHEN it comes to punk bands performing, you expect to see attitude and perhaps a little aggro on stage.

Look at the Sex Pistols. They were raging. Not to mention the Misfits or Ramones. They were angry, too. Usually the anger comes from existential pain and hate towards the fascist regime.

'We were told that the Dean had
found our music and videos online
and decided it wasn’t suitable for the venue'

Punk-band Cold in Berlin are undeniably angry, but they haven’t got issues with the condition of human existence or capitalism.

They say they have an issue with having to ditch most of their set after claiming their Liverpool Sound City gig was censored.

London-based Cold in Berlin drove eight hours to Liverpool, to play in the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt as part of the festival. They seemed to fit the bill, a young, aspiring band with copious amounts of energy and drive.

Sinister hooks, tight driving beats and razor sharp guitars provided an array of exciting backdrops for lead singer My’s  vocal assault. She owned the stage last Friday.

C_67_article_2088981_body_articleblock_0_bodyimage.jpgBut it wasn’t the music or the performance that was off. In the end it was them.

For just minutes before they went on stage at the holy venue, the band - widely known for peppering their lyrics with  Anglo-Saxon  F-Bombs - say they were threatened with the plug.

It appears that Cold In Berlin's opening track, God I Love You - which, according to them, is not about Him Upstairs, but a sentiment directed at a significant, mortal other - had come under the radar of cathedral bosses who had googled the band.

“About half an hour before our gig the event organisers contacted us and told us we couldn’t go on," lead guitarist Adam told Liverpool Confidential. 

“Basically, we were told that the Dean had found our music and videos online and decided it wasn’t suitable for the venue.” 

After some fast-paced negotiating between the band’s manager,  the Dean and the promoters, it turned out Cold in Berlin could play, they just had to ditch most of their songs, they say, and the ones they were allowed to perform had to be changed to suit the sanctity of the Crypt.

As a result their gig was somewhat short, only four songs long. That’s almost two hours of driving per tune.

But they say they could have done more. “We were cut short,”  My added. “The sound guys came to tell us we had to stop the gig, even though we held our end of the deal.

“If they had told us before we drove up that they’d want us to clean up our songs, we would’ve been able to deliberate it between us and maybe manage to make compromises that wouldn’t question our artistic integrity. But to be told half an hour before we’re due on stage we have to change pretty much everything is a little rich.”

The band also claimed they were advised that “if they chose to ignore the guidelines set out by the venue, they would be cut off immediately and the privilege of playing at the Crypt would be revoked from all the bands due to play there.  

We contacted the Metropolitan Cathedral to see if they could shed any light on the matter. A spokeswoman in the Dean’s office said she “couldn’t image that anyone would have been asked not to play certain songs”.

But a Liverpool Sound City spokesman denied that they had threatened to pull the plug on the whole show, it was just that one song.

crypt.jpg“All bands who played at the Crypt were required to be sensitive to the surroundings they were playing within.  There was no threat to cancel the show.  It was a courteous request to Sound City who politely asked the band to refrain from playing the track.  They did not see any problem with this and agreed straight away.”

As the band packed away for their long journey into the night, My added: “We had travelled eight hours to get here and we weren't about to go back home without playing at all.

 “It wouldn’t be fair to blame all the organisers of the event for a single person’s prejudices.”

 “Liverpool is a great city and the festival is probably an awesome experience.” 

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Angie Sammons shared this on Facebook on May 25th 2011.
Absinthe & TurksMay 26th 2011.

Punk band, eh? They must be in their fifties by now.

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