Austrian pop punkers DeeCRACKS have announced that, due to their lack of US working permits, they have had to drop off remainder of their current North American tour with Direct Hit! and Jetty boys has been cancelled. Here’s what they had to say in a recent blog post:
We are devastated! We were denied re-entry into the USA at a Canadian Border and were sent back to Austria. This was the worst thing that could happen to us and we are deeply sorry to have to cancel all the shows in the US.
What happened was, we were playing these great shows in Canada, that we had working permits for, and were heading to the next show in New Jersey on Monday. We didn’t have any working permits for the US and we knew that, so we made up a little story on how we are just travelling with the Jetty Boys and are just friends of them, and tried to sell it so they let us back in. It was stupid, 2 Austrians in a van full of gear with 2 Americans (Eric and Jon of Jetty Boys)… I mean, hey, we all look like we were in a band, because we are… and we admitted to having played shows in Canada, because we had the permits for that. So the border patrol googled our bands’ names and found all the dates, while we kept on lying. BIG MISTAKE! SUPER STUPID! So they were after us, treating us like terrorists, we apologized for lying and told the truth of course. We never expected getting deported, we thought we will have to pay a fine and pay for permits there or something. It would have all been easier if we wouldn’t have lied to the cops there first. They hated us for that, threatening us with doing time and all.
Then, they found out that we have already played a show in the US, in Lansing, MI. This was a violation to the ESTA waiver program, which is the tourist visa we had. So Matt and I are now banned from it for life. This doesn’t mean we can’t come to the USA anymore, but it’s gonna be harder for us to get a visa. We have to go to the US-embassy in Austria and make an appointment and all that. Matt and I will set up an appointment soon to find out how we could travel to the USA again, as tourist or as a band. We will do whatever we can to make it back over there and play, all legally from now on though. Playing the show in Lansing was seen as a criminal activity, so we had to swear an oath and they took all fingerprints and had mugshots taken. We now have a criminal record in the US, which won’t make it easier for us going over again. We’ll see…”
If you’re bummed out because you were planning on seeing the band (shit, I know I was!) you can click here to check out a video of the band’s full set in Ottowa last Saturday.
DeeCRACKS last released a 7-inch entitled “Call It A Day” on March 11th via Monster Zero Records. They recently finished recording a new album, and we’ll keep you posted as more details surrounding the release of said album surface.
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