Update: Jesus is Gay, Taxes, Police and Hitler: no topic is off limits to Corporate Avenger
It is hard to find a band that is truly shocking in the age of Eminem and Marilyn Manson but just a cursory look at the titles of some of the songs by Corporate Avenger is enough to ignite the passions of censorship mongers from both the left and the right.
The songs by Corporate Avenger take aim at religion, taxes, police brutality and the FBI with songs like “The Bible is Bulls****”, “FBI File”, “Jesus Christ Homosexual”, “Fault the Police”, “Drug Dealing God”, “Christian Murdered Indians”, “Voting Doesn't Work”and “Taxes Are Stealing”.
Corporate Avenger takes theatrical music to a new extreme with their wild characters and controversial songs. According to the bands official website - taxesarestealing.com, “The sound of the Corporate Avenger can probably be described as Crass meets the Sex Pistols meets Public Enemy and it seems that the message is very easy to understand in this format.”
While political or controversial songs are nothing new. Bands like Rage Against the Machine have made a name for themselves by tackling controversial political topics and embracing the politics of the far left. What sets Corporate Avenger aside from bands like RATM is they go far beyond politics and target religion and other controversial topics in order to spread what they consider a spiritual message.
According to the band’s manifesto “We are the Corporate Avenger. Here to remind you of your sacred nature. You have been lied to. You are a sacred being made of light. Projected into this reality for a purpose. Everything around you, inside and out, is a part of your amazing experience.
“Everything is sacred. Each moment is a gift. Every second presents you with a universe of unimaginable potential. You have been convinced that you cannot! Should not! And will not explore your true potential. You have been given a false history of your country and the human race”
Why is this news? Corporate Avenger is about to take things to the next level with a new CD titled “Freedom is a State of Mind” that will be released through Koch Records on July 10th. While the band remains with their original label, Suburban Noize, Koch will be handling international distribution of the disc. Koch has already begun a marketing campaign for the album and the Digital Club Network (dcn.com) is currently webcasting concerts from the band’s North American tour.
Armed with a distribution deal with one of the larger Independent labels, Corporate Avenger is in a better position to expose their music to the masses and spread their controversial message. With this added exposure they are sure to come under fire by special interest groups and attract the attention of listeners. You may not agree with what Corporate Avenger has to say but the time may soon come where you won’t be able to ignore them.
Update 6/7: First order of business the release date for the new CD is now July 24th not July 10th as we originally reported. It also appears that Corporate Avenger’s controversial message has led to death threats. We received the following press release from Koch Records this morning:
Orange County hard-rock act Corporate Avenger are finally starting to feel the repercussions of their lyrics as death-threats to the band have gone from occasional to concerning.
The band has always expected their music to stir up some controversy. Song titles such as "The Bible Is Bulls****," "Jesus Christ Homosexual" and "Drug Dealing God" are bound to rub some people the wrong way and the band has been receiving nasty letters for years. But now the hate-mail has morphed into something more vicious and the painted-faced rockers are receiving anywhere from 10-20 death-threats a week.
"The reactions thus far and the threats are shocking and unexpected," says Bob Frank, President of KOCH Entertainment. "People attack what they don't understand and the message of Corporate Avenger is causing certain parties to question their lifelong held belief systems."
Letters to their management offices and
record label, as well as graphic voice messages, have become a standard
in Corporate Avenger's daily schedule and security has been stepped-up
for the band's recent tour where they are promoting the release of Freedom
Is A State Of Mind, out July 24th on KOCH Records.