I Killed The Prom Queen have been detained in Malaysia for performing without the proper permits.
The Adelaide metalcore outfit have been locked up and are reportedly set to be held in an immigration detention centre, after government officials crashed their show in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night.
According to Unite Asia, the band’s promoter didn’t manage to acquire the correct work visas for IKTPQ before they performed the KL Venue set, and the country’s immigration department swooped in, to lock them up for as many as 14 days.
The band are currently touring South East Asia in support of their third studio album, Beloved, but missed their scheduled stop in Indonesia on Sunday night, following their detainment.
Guitarist Jona Weinhofen’s mum Ruth told The Advertiser that she’d received a text from her son at about 4.30am on Sunday.
“Jona said that they had been detained in an office, I presume in the immigration building, because the promoter had not obtained the necessary permits for them to play,” she said.
She was also distressed that she’d heard little since.
“I’m worried now that they have taken their phones away from them because we haven’t heard anything for hours now and they all own smartphones,” she said. “It’s a worry on the back of what has happened in Paris and the fact they play a similar genre of music.
“I just want them safe at home. It sounds like there is a huge misunderstanding.”
Weinhofen himself has taken to Twitter to update fans, telling them that the “weirdest part” about the whole thing was officials asking the band for their autographs – including one guy who was wearing a T-shirt with the band’s logo – during the process of locking them up.
Weinhofen actually seems pretty calm and collected, considering.
His mum also told The Advertiser that the band “may have been moved to a detention centre today, but we aren’t sure”.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told the paper that the department was “continuing to provide consular assistance”, but would not make further comment for privacy reasons.
The news doesn’t bode well for for other acts set to touring Malaysia or Indonesia in the foreseeable future.
Let’s just hope the boys make it home safely, soon.
UPDATE 17/11/15: I Killed The Prom Queen have been released from immigration detention in Malaysia.
UPDATE 18/11/15: I Killed The Prom Queen have released a lengthy statement reflecting on their “abominable” time in a Malaysian prison.
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