Killdren, the two-bit punk band dropped from the Glastonbury line-up over the lyrics of their song ‘Kill Tory Scum (before they kill you)‘, have had their merch store shut down for violating BigCartel’s merchant agreement.
The band’s BigCartel store sold Killdren CD’s and t-shirts, including one with the slogan ‘Kill Tory Scum‘ printed in bold white lettering. The products continue to be available from Killdren’s Bandcamp store.
‘Kill Tory Scum (before they kill you)‘ is billed as a “satirical discourse” critiquing a media bias that demonises some strains of anger while condoning and justifying others. They said it touches on what constitutes an act of violence in the context of deaths linked to austerity. The song was released in the run-up to the 2017 general election and a message at the end of the video clarifies Tories should be “killed at the ballot box, by voting, obviously!”
In an email sent to customers and seen by TheFestivals, Killdren said “BigCartel deleted our page without explanation and we can’t access our account”. They said they’re trying to figure out if BigCartel has automatically refunded unshipped orders when the store was shut down, or if they can be dispatched to customers.
The BigCartel Killdren store currently displays a message that the site is being worked on and will be back soon. An email from BigCartel seen by TheFestivals tells Killdren “You may no longer use BigCartel’s services to sell” due to “violating our merchant agreement”. Requests from Killdren for further explanation have not been awknowledged.
Killdren, who have seen a surge in merch sales since hitting the headlines last weekend, said they will update customers as soon as possible and encouraged fans to: “contact, tweet or email BigCartel to tell them to short their shit out and stop censoring us”.
After attention was drawn to their lyrics by The Sunday Times, the Shangr-La area of Glastonbury published a statement saying the band had been dropped from the line-up “as the field is all about pacifism, unity and love”.
Killdren told the BBC they were “disappointed” by the decision to withdraw their Glastonbury slot: “One glance at our website and the artwork that represents our music would surely indicate the cartoonish and over-the-top nature of everything we do.
“We are disappointed that Glastonbury and the Jo Cox Foundation were upset enough by our music and video that they cancelled our set, buckling under pressure from the right-wing media.
“We know that there are other acts on the line-up who are spreading a radical political message and hope the spirit of rebellion lives on at the festival.”
BigCartel did not respond to a request for comment.
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