While Philadelphia wrestling-themed metal band Eat the Turnbuckle have had no problem in America, their bloody antics have gotten them banned in Scotland. The Daily Record reports that the band arrived at Audio in Glasgow but were turned away because they were told police would halt the gig. The band’s shtick is that they mutilate each other onstage with cheese graters and break fluorescent light bulbs over each other, which apparently doesn’t sit well with Scottish authorities. Guitarist El Schlak-O (probably not his real name) commented:
“We showed up. We are on tour and we came, but the city had got wind of it and some official pulled the permit and the show got pulled when we arrived. I don’t know what the problem was. We are an internationally touring band. We keep our stage antics and violence to ourselves. It doesn’t disperse among the crowd, but apparently we are being crucified for no reason. It’s a God-given right to watch something if you choose to. If you don’t like it turn a blind eye.
There is wrestling doing the exact same thing without music so I don’t get it. It is cheese graters and going through tables, jumping off ladders and barbed wire, you name it. You get some nicks and bruises, but that’s the name of the game. We are professionals. We have been doing this for many years now and it has gotten us all over the world. Hopefully people will open their mouths and tell the government off. We’ll be back. They’re not going to keep us out.”
Apparently, the person behind the show getting shit down was Tory politician John Lamont, who told the Record:
“Serious questions need to be asked about why this venue has booked a band which seems to condone bloody violence. I would have thought that the local council and Police Scotland would be looking into this issue as a matter of urgency, before anyone is seriously injured.”
Guess it was a slow crime day in Glasgow, then? Eat the Turnbuckle’s first full length, Step in the Fucking Ring, was released in 2013.
[via Ultimate Guitar]