This is the text of the leaflet they have issued. You can contact LMHR via their website, or you can find out about the local campaign by emailing LMHR North London. You might also want to read previous posts on this site concerning Death in June.
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Death In June are in the vanguard of the neo-folk scene and are, to a large extent, credited with its creation.
One of the founding members of Death In June, Doug Pearce, has stated in an interview with Zillo magazine that one of the inspirations for the band is National Bolshevism, closely associated with the hierarchy of the SA - commonly referred to as stormtroopers or Brown Shirts. The name of the band comes from the date in late June on which the SA leadership was executed to remove its threat to Hitler.
Pearce has been quoted as stating that "the most influential man of the 20th century has been Adolf Hitler! He's shaped the world we live in today with his hate and destruction". In 1992 during Yugoslavia's bloody civil war Pearce visited the front-line and the HOS Miliz (Croatian fascists). He made several live recordings in Croatia and then released them as a two-CD set called "Something Is Coming: Live and Studio Recordings From Croatia". Proceeds from the CD went to a Croatian (fascist) military hospital.
Death In June played The Garage in Islington in 1999, a few days after David Copeland (a former BNP member) nail-bombed Brixton and Brick Lane markets and a gay pub in Soho, killing 3 people and injuring 129. In full knowledge of this Pearce dedicated a song from the stage to honour the 'White Wolves' - a very small Nazi organisation who, at that time, were trying to claim responsibility for Copeland's bombs.
The band's aesthetic is militaristic with overt use of Nazi/SS symbols - the Totenkopf, Life Rune and Black Sun - and songs containing Third Reich imagery and tropes with lyrics suggesting Klaus Barbie, the butcher of Lyon, is in the heart in "C'est un Reve" - Ou est Klaus Barbie?/Il est dans coeur/Il est dans noir coeur. This has caused the band to be banned from playing in Lausanne and in Germany their album Rose Clouds of Holocaust was banned from sale to minors due to Holocaust denial and 'Brown Book' was banned completely for inclusion of the 'Horst-Wessel-Lied' Nazi party anthem.
The band, and many of their fans, claim that they are just using the aesthetic of fascism/Nazism and not the ideologies in their music. But the aesthetic of the Nazi regime cannot be divorced from the politics of the party. The aesthetic of the Nazi Party was created to reinforce the politics of the Nazi Party, to encourage an acceptance of the concepts and ideas of fascism through more easily assimilated visualisations and the use of atmospheric tropes to link the ideals of fascism with the visual aesthetic of it.
The Totenkopf (skull and cross bones) symbol and runes that Death In June use are directly connected, through the SS, to the industrialised genocide of 6 million Jews and the slaughter of millions of others who through birth, disability, belief or activity didn't fit into the Aryan 'reality' of Nazi Germany.
We believe that the use of Nazi and fascist symbols can in no way be considered an exploration into folk mythology nor a legitimate artistic aesthetic. They are what they are; symbols of genocide. It is the often playfully disguised removal of the taboos associated with these symbols and concepts within the neo-folk/industrial scene, and the obfuscation as to what they really represent, which poses the threat, allowing both for the rehabilitation of the esoteric/mystical side of the Nazi regime and for the potential of the ideology associated with them to be normalised in the wider community.
We believe that many attending the gig will not be racists or fascists, this is certainly the case for most people who use and enjoy the venue on other nights. We appeal to those fans to join Love Music Hate Racism, Unite Against Fascism, anti-racist groups, trade unionists, local activists and the diverse community in Camden in condemning this concert and calling on the management of The Underworld to cancel it.
174 Camden High Street