Corporate Avenger was dealt another blow this week when lyrics on their upcoming album ignited a rampage within a few national Christian groups. The band has been receiving death-threats due to the album’s content and it seems an ethical frenzy is beginning to snowball around the album.
KOCH Records has been asked to halt the album’s release by several organizations and now the groups are taking their fight to the stores intent on stocking the title.
Lead by The Promise Keepers and The American Family Organization, religious groups all across the country are banning together to try to keep the album, Freedom Is A State Of Mind, from reaching store shelves. Songs like “The Bible Is Bullsh*t,” “Drug Dealing God” and “Jesus Christ Homosexual,” were taken a bit too literally by the conservative groups, who missed the deeper meaning of the songs. KOCH Records has received a number of complaints and some retailers have informed the label of protests in light of the album’s release.
Several stores have chosen not to stock the album due to the controversial song titles and lyric content. Planet Grooves in Clearwater, FL refuse to carry the album, along with Play It Again Sam in Macon, GA and The Sound Lab in Johnson City, TN.
Ed Franke, VP of Sales at KOCH Records states, “I’ve never had such a backlash of feedback from retailers relating to a specific title before. This is a band that has garnered both positive and negative reactions across the board.”
Corporate Avenger is hitting the road with Insolence in two weeks and their debut album on KOCH Records, Freedom Is A State Of Mind, is in stores on July 24, 2001.
Corporate Avenger Tour Dates:
- Saturday July 01 – Las Vegas NV Sanctuary
- Tuesday July 01 – Anaheim CA Chain Reaction
- Wednesday July 01 – San Luis Obispo CA Slo Brewing Company
- Thursday July 01 – San Jose CA Cactus Club
- Friday July 01 – Pomona CA Glasshouse
- Sunday July 01 – Tempe AZ Boston’s
- Tuesday July 01 – Albuquerque NM Launch Pad
- Monday July 01 – Minneapolis MN Ascot Room – The Quest
- Tuesday July 3January 01 Lincoln NE Knickerbocker’s
- Thursday 8/February 01 – Lawrence KS Bottleneck
- Friday 8/March 01 – St. Louis, MO Pops Annex
- Sunday 8/May 01 – Detroit MI St. Andrews
- Monday 8/June 01 – Chicago IL House of Blues
- Wednesday 8/August 01 – Cleveland OH Agora Ballroom