23
May
08

“SUICIDE PILOTS Not Grounded By Government And Set To Tour”

From The latest issue of Chart Attack…note the tour dates at the end of the article.

Suicide Pilots Not Grounded By Government And Set To Tour

Thursday May 22, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
By: ChartAttack. com Staff

Ottawa punks The Suicide Pilots were under surveillance by the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service due to their political activism and logo that features a cartoon airplane flying toward Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings.

Drummer Jeffrey “Bones” Monaghan was alleged to have leaked the federal government’s environmental plan last spring while he was working on contract for Environment Canada. Though he was never charged, he was led away from his post in handcuffs by the RCMP. That first put the punk band on the feds’ radar, but it didn’t stop there.

The Suicide Pilots’ recently released War On Satire album features a song called “Harper Youth” that a RCMP report dated two days after Monaghan’s May 9, 2007 arrest said compares Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Adolph Hitler. There was also concern about the aforementioned logo, which a report said depicts “a 9/11 type drawing showing an airplane crashing into the Parliament.”

In response to the government’s uneasiness, The Suicide Pilots posted this message on their MySpace blog on Wednesday:

“Paranoid governments are prone to attacking artists and dissendents. Perhaps the paranoia evident in this enormous police apparatus is an expression of the system’s weakness; the tighter their grip, the more people will slip through their fingers. As more folk find themselves on the fringes — disenfranchised, manipulated, persecuted & cast aside by a system emphasizing property and profit — resistance to this abusive structure will grow. Things desperately need to change; the more those at the top of the hierarchy struggle to hold on to the reins of power, the more apparent it becomes, even to those who never thought themselves radical, that change is imminent. We would like to believe that this bloated, top-heavy, cop-shop-State — being built by people, can be broken down just the same.”

The Suicide Pilots are taking their anarchist message across eastern Canada.

You can catch them here:

May 23 Amherst, NS @ The Shack
May 25 Halifax, NS @ Chebucto House w/Flags Of Convenience
May 26 Fredericton, NB @ Vixens Bar & Lounge w/Holy Co$t and The Legacys
May 27 Quebec City, QC @ L’Echouerie
May 31 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe Le Stage w/DIY
June 3 Ottawa, ON @ Bytowne Tavern w/The Botched Suicides and Humans Off Planet Earth!
June 4 Peterborough, ON @ The Underdog w/Creosote (AZ) and Shitreign
June 7 Toronto, ON @ 15 Lower Sherbourne St.

(High Art For The Low Down)
June 19 Windsor, ON @ The Coach & Horses
June 20 Kitchener, ON @ The Circus Room w/Broadcast Zero and The Rotten
June 21 Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah w/Broadcast Zero (matinee)
June 21 London, ON @ The Embassy Hotel
June 27 Montreal, QC @ Katacombs w/Barricade Mentale


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