For reasons known only to the French moral police, Laibach has always had problems getting shows in France. We’ve been accused of fascism and all kinds of paranoid nonsense and cultural chauvinism. The same situation is unfortunately repeating now with our upcoming tour to promote the new album Spectre, released this month by the British label Mute, where Laibach records have been published since 1987. The only French show in Paris is being systematically obstructed by the French licensee Naïve Records and their PR company, who are simply REFUSING to do ANYTHING in terms of promotion to help the organizers of the Paris show to promote the concert properly. When Naïve Records were asked to clarify why they did not feel that they were able to work the promotion aspect of the Laibach campaign, their external PR representative vaguely explained that they simply felt that, musically, the project did not suit them and that they would not be able to do a decent campaign for the album. In other words, the PR company is refusing to do the job for which they get paid because they don’t like the music so much. Which part of the music is problematic for them – the beats, the vocals or the synthesizer sounds – they did not specify. Their explanation and the whole episode would not really deserve a comment if it weren’t so sad and stupid. Furthermore, it is an absolute shame that something like that is happening in France and Paris in the 21st century.
Nevertheless, Laibach is definitely coming to play the show in Paris and at this point we are calling all of you to support this event, share the news and join us on International Women’s Day, 8th March in Le Trabendo.