Thursday, June 21, 2018

Welcome to Spokane! Canadian punks get ripped off after playing a local gig

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 4:51 PM

Veteran punk rockers D.O.A. got a taste of one of Spokane’s most prevalent crimes after playing a show at the Pin on June 16.

The band’s “D.O.A.” banner had been stolen, along with various band merchandise, gear and drummer Paddy Duddy’s “legendary snare” after their van was broken into. While that’s all infuriating, “the big hit,” the band says was the stolen banner, which they've had since 1985.

“It's irreplaceable, we need to get it back. Spokane folks and punks everywhere. You can't miss it, it's 20 feet wide. Reward is being offered, no questions asked,” the band reported on Facebook.
On behalf of Spokane… Sorry! That seriously, seriously sucks.

Dusty O’Brien from local Spokane band Wasted Breath said it even better:

“I want to formally apologize for what happened with your gear and banner. It's always VERY embarrassing when things like this happen in our hometown. It doesn't very often, but when it does, the entire community feels responsible."

So true. Except it does happen pretty often, if you recall our February story on Spokane’s vehicle-theft rate.

“We are doing our best to get the word out. We have our record label, promoters, friends, & other local bands keeping an eye out. Collectively we will work towards finding as many of your belongings as possible. We hope this doesn't deter you from returning to the area in the future. Saturday night was amazing & Spokane punks rarely have have an opportunity to play with bands of your stature in the Inland Northwest. It is a huge disappointment when the actions of few can potentially ruin opportunities for the many good & respectable musicians in the area. We will keep in touch!" O'Brien continued.

So. If you happen to possess a giant punk-rock banner that isn’t yours, we’d ask that you remember: “Reward is being offered, no questions asked.”

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