Sydney trio Sneaky Sound System has issued a written apology to several news outlets distancing themselves from comments made by lead singer Connie Mitchell (above) about Albury Wodonga to British music magazine TNT.
The appropriately explosive comment was that “Albury-Wodonga had only one hotel and relied on sheep-shearing”.
The apology, which was addressed to the residents of Albury-Wodonga said in part;
“It seems we have really set off on the wrong foot.
I would like to apologise unreservedly for the negative comments that were published in the TNT magazine in Britain.
It was never my intention to upset anyone and I truly regret this situation.
I hope we can get over this hurdle, you can accept my apology and we can get back on the right foot.”
The comments come in the wake of allegations of room-trashing at the Chifley motel in Albury during a stay last November for the Groovin’ the Moo festival.
Connie Mitchell has hit back at the allegations saying;
“The hotel in question apologised unreservedly for the misinformation, yet this so-called news still found its way onto mainstream television, radio and newspapers around Australia. That story was simply not true”.
Julia Davis, booking agent for the band, said in a statement to the Border Mail
“There is a group of bands who … take a painting off the wall at every hotel they stay at and draw a painting behind it.
“It’s like a cult thing.
“There was no vomit or beer bottles or anything left all over the place”
The apology is apparently not good enough for DJs Matt & LC of Albury’s Star FM who have refused to play the band’s music and held a sheep-shearing contest in protest;
“When you say something like what she said it’s hard not to offend.
We want to speak to a member of the band themselves”
But the appology was more warmly received by Albury’s Mayor Stuart Baker;
“I think it’s great that they have apologised. I’m very happy with that apology”
I must be getting old I think, I remember when a rock and roll outfit could get into a bit of mischief and make an off the cuff remark WITHOUT being held to ransom by a couple of mouth-pieces for broadcast advertisement and having to issue a written apology.
Lord help the delicate sensibilities of sanctimonious wonkers like Matt & LC if a genuinely hard core rock act ever comes to town.