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Published on Oct 29, 2013
Ever been censored by a worldwide institution before?
No? Neither had we until we drove 7 hours to play a gig at Liverpool's Sound City festival at Liverpool's Catholic cathedral, only to be excommunicated by God's Scouse rottweiler.
The Dean of the cathedral had agreed to host an evening of live music for a large fee, the stage being curated by Clash magazine.
At the last minute the Dean and his staff decided they better check out exactly what they were letting lose in their walls. Turns out they didn't like the look or sound of Cold in Berlin.
It started with our album opener God I Love You. One of Maya's straighter set of lyrics, about levels of destruction present in relationships, was some how misconstrued as an anthem about fucking god!
The festival venue managers had the uneasy task of telling us 30 minutes before our stage that if we played "that song", swore excessively or mentioned the word "god" in the cathedral then not only would our set be cut but all music due to take place in the cathedral for the rest of the festival would be cut also. A threat we knew they wouldn't fulfil but still quite a burden to bare after hours on the road and minutes before a gig.
We were told that the Dean's staff would be present to make sure we behaved. We decided to be the bigger man (than God) and not jeopardise anyone else's gigs and alter our set. A minute before set time our manager spotted that the Dean was present.
We still swore less than usual and played an altered Oh I Love You, only to have our set cut short for what turned out to be time constraints. The Young Knives it seems need 40 minutes to warm up for their luke warm performances of their estate agent bland indie suit rock.
We did a post gig interview about the debacle, the journalist found the next day church staff denying that any censorship took place. We have the emails proving it!!!
So the Dean took his money, censored free expression and then denied it ever took place. Cunt!