Earlier this month, Adelaide metalcore band ‘I Killed The Prom Queen’ were invited to play a show at live music venue Farenheit88 in Malaysia.
“We just kept getting the same answers ‘no, no permits needed. We’ve toured bands here a million times in the past seven, eight years and we’ve never gotten permits. You don’t need it’.”
“We got put into a cell which was about probably 10×15 feet squared, including the toilet area, and there was approximately 30 prisoners in there. We slept on tiles for two nights in a row … given the shittiest rations, there were cockroaches everywhere … the toilet was just a hole in the floor.”
“Around about 11am [on the Monday] a couple of guards came and pulled us out of the cell. We were all handcuffed together and we were told we’d be taken upstairs for questioning. We were upstairs in the office again in handcuffs for about an hour … that’s when Michelle Anderson from the High Commission in Kuala Lumpur turned up with an interpreter.”
“We had a pretty bad ordeal but I like to think that we as people, and Australians, take this kind of stuff in our stride. It’s in the past now. I’m back home, we just ate a really good meal and I’m back to normal life.”
Sorry Malaysia but after this horrible experience I don’t think we will return in a hurry
— Jona Weinhofen ? (@jonaweinhofen) November 16, 2015
“I did post a tweet saying we wouldn’t be back in a hurry but to be honest the show itself was fantastic … the fans in Malaysia are fantastic.”