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Living with Lions' controversial new album's packaging

 I have received a press promo for the new album from this Canadian band 'Living with Lions', just released on Adeline records, and if I am not a fan of this sort of pop-punk music, I first found the title ‘Holy Shit’ intriguing, and more than everything, the packaging really provocative: The design of the album resembles a Bible, the liner notes and the song lyrics look like they were coming straight from an old holy book… clever design, you are gonna say, but of course it does not make everyone happy.

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore really did not like it, as his spokeperson James Maunder declared to the Vancouver Sun:
‘The content of this CD is offensive and the fact that it is clearly designed to offend a group of Canadians based on their faith is simply wrong.’

And there is more to the story, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) provided funding for the record, approved a loan of $13,248 to the label, Black Box Recordings Inc., to offset the costs of marketing, touring and recording for the band.

This made the Minister call Duncan McKie, president and CEO of FACTOR ‘to express his profound disappointment with this content’

The weirdest thing in the story is that the lyrics make no reference to religion or blasphemy, so it seems a little weird the band has chosen such a bold packaging.
This is what guitarist/lyricist Chase Brenneman declared in an interview to absolutepunk.net on Thursday:

‘We didn’t end up trying to write about anything in particular, but it ended up being about people in general. And like the way they affected us and our relationships with certain people and how certain people can suck. It’s nothing groundbreaking or crazy, but that was most of our inspiration. Whether they were bad people or good people. Friends or people we don’t really know that well.’
Then
‘Yeah, we just wanted to call it Holy Shit, we thought it was a good name I guess. The whole Bible thing kind of came after, we thought it was kind of funny. We weren't trying to make any statements or anything, no underlying anti-religion stuff. We just thought it was funny and put it out there for that’.

The ‘Poo testament’ phrasing in the liner notes is indeed funny, but that’s just me, and the minister should think twice before being offended by the fact that the Canadian government gave money to the band, religion do not pay taxes last time I checked.

 

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