Aki Nawaz (Fun-Da-Mental) will promote his album from jail if need be

The always inspiring Aki Nawaz, frontman of Fun-Da-Mental, has said that he’s willing to go to prison if his band’s new album does, as some claim, violate recently introduced anti-terrorism laws. Some legal people reckon the album, ‘All Is War (The Benefits of G-Had)’, includes some lyrics which would be argued to ‘glorify’ terrorism, which is now deemed an offence by the law.

Among the offending lyrics are those in a track called ‘Cookbook DIY’ written from the point of view of a suicide bomber. The track goes: “I’m strapped-up ‘cross my chest, bomb belt attached, deeply satisfied with the pain I hatched, electrodes connected to a gas cooker lighter.”

While Nawaz denies that the album condones terrorist attacks, it does strongly sympathise with the terrorists’ cause. On the issue he is dealing with, Aki told the BBC: “As far as terrorism and the killing of innocent people goes, I find it repulsive. I know how the suicide bombers feel, but if they’re going to do anything, it’s got to be against military targets”.

On running the risk of arrest for glorifying terrorism, he continued: “If I believe what I’ve done to be true, then I’ll stick by my work 100%. If it means taking the rap and promoting the album from Belmarsh prison, I’ll do it. What I have to say isn’t new – other people have said far more contentious stuff than me”.

Whether the album will get a full release, though, is a matter of some confusion because while Aki runs his own label, Nation Records, the BBC report that two of the company’s ‘silent directors’ are greatly concerned about the possible criminal implications of the album and are threatening to quit if it is released.

Bloc Party album nearly finished

Bloc Party have posted a message on their official fan page saying that they’ve nearly finished work on their second album, produced by Jacknife Lee, and expounding on the new work’s exploratory sounds. Bassist Gordon Moakes wrote: “Bloc Party have finished a month at Grouse Lodge in County Westmeath in Ireland laying down licks and chops for the next record. It rained a lot but it was a truly enjoyable experience.”

He continued: “We’ve all been banging and hitting things, detuning guitars, programming beats and making various kinds of racket. I guess we had big ideas for this album and Jacknife has given them the green light and urged us to go further. I shan’t reveal too much just yet, but expect a song where Matt and I play drums simultaneously; some truly R&B-styled beats; Russell’s work with a Big Muff pedal; the sound of a guitar amp being thrown off a first-storey balcony; at least one unplayable guitar solo; both eggshell-thin fragility and trouser-flapping hugeness; piano, glockenspiel, strings; you name it.”

Sleater-Kinney split

Sleater-Kinney have announced they are to split after eleven years, according to a statement on their official website. The girl trio’s last gig will be their appearance at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on 4 August.

The statement reads: “After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings. We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us and inspired us.”

Creamfields granted licence despite opposition

Creamfields was yesterday granted its licence, despite opposition from local residents who fear disruptive noise levels.

As previously reported, the annual event is moving venues this year. Previously it was staged at the Liverpool Airfield site in Speke, but redevelopment there means it can no longer be used. The Cream possee have secured a new site in Daresbury, near the North West town of Warrington, but as they went through the process of securing a licence from the local authority to stage the event there, a number of local residents began to air their concerns. Meanwhile a neighbouring council urged officials considering the licence proposal to turn it down on the grounds that the event risks bringing unacceptable levels of noise and an increase crime and anti-social behaviour to a semi-rural setting.

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One of the 100 local residents who attended the council hearing considering the licence application this week told reporters: “I believe the proposed event and the influx of people on such a large scale has the potential to do untold harm to the community. We have nothing against Creamfields, but it is a Merseyside-based commercial operation. Do they really care about the area in which we live, other than as a site for this event?”

Nevertheless, officials awarded the event its licence, meaning the festival will now definitely go ahead on the Daresbury site over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Festival organisers, who hope to make the Daresbury site a permanent home for Creamfields, have pledged to consider local residents’ concerns in the way they stage the event.

Jeff Buckley biopic planned

A film about the life of the late Jeff Buckley is to be made, according to Hollywood Reporter, who say that the singer-songwriter’s mother, Mary Guibert, is set to produce the film, after acting on fears that a biopic would, at some point, be made without her consultation. Guibert is quoted as saying: “the time was right to have a project where integrity could be built into the script and that we could wrangle it so that it didn’t get co-opted or changed in getting to the screen”.

As you all surely and definitely know, Buckley released just one album, ‘Grace’, prior to his death by drowning back in 1997.