Drummer Rikard Wermen of the Swedish gore death masters DERANGED has issued a statement explaining his band's non-appearance at this year's Fuck the Commerce festival, which took place May 25-27 at MZA (Mehrzweckhalle) in Luckau, Germany. The statement reads as follows:
"We were supposed to play the Fuck the Commerce festival as well as another gig down in Germany, in Greifswald, late last week. It was supposed to be the last two shows on a small German tour but I guess that at least some noticed that we never either did the F.TC. festival nor the gig in Greifswald. The thing is that the engine on the camper we were travelling with literally fell in two pieces.
"We were on our way from a gig in Erlangen to the F.T.C. festival when all of sudden the engine started to sound like the Third World War. Stopped on the very nearest rest place we could find and the camper was pretty much just DEAD! Made a phone call to ADAC (German highway services) that after three hours sent a car that picked us, the camper and our trailer up. Drove us to the nearest service garage, being in Plauen, dropped us, the camper and trailer off and since it was a holiday (service garage closed) we had absolutely no idea what to do! Mean, we were two hours away from the F.T.C. festival without any vehicle, no opportunity to rent a car either as everything was closed so we had to cancel it. The next morning we were told by the guys at the garage that they could maybe get it fixed the next day. If not, they would maybe be able to take care of it after the weekend.
"We kind of quickly realized that we would not be able to do the show in Greifswald either, so we had to cancel that as well. We left the camper down in Germany, waited for about 20 hours for someone that drove down from Sweden to pick us and our trailer up and went home. Not mentioned earlier is that on the first date on the tour we got outselves a flat tire, and since it was absolutely no tools whatsoever in the camper to change it with, we had to call ADAC that came and took care of it… Also, on the third date, the battery all of a sudden went bad and we had to ask people with other cars, either at the venues or gas stations to help us out and get it started with cables. It was a absolutely hell on wheels, and traveling-wise without a doubt the worst tour we have ever done!
"The good part is that the tour went extremely well so it felt like fucking shame to cancel the last two shows. The response on the four shows we did was great and Martin [Schönherr] (our new singer) got very good response as well and a lot of people came up to us saying he's the best singer we have ever had, having in mind we are on our eighth singer by now, that's pretty good.
"Needless to say, how fucking sorry we are that we had to cancel the F.T.C. festival as well as the show in Greifswald. We played the very first F.T.C. so it has always been special to us."