Although Brexit now seems like a distant memory it is still causing a surprising amount of problems not least for nu-metal bands trying to release albums.
If you are a person of a certain age, the band Papa Roach will not require much of an introduction. However, if you weren’t around during the rap-metal boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, Papa Roach was one of the leading names in the genre along with Limp Bizkit, Korn, Slipknot and Linkin Park.
The band are still going to this day but much like the fishing industry, they are also feeling the strain following the split from the European Union at the start of 2021.
On Friday, the band tagged British prime minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel in a tweet claiming that vinyl copies of the Greatest Hits Volume 2 album have been stuck in customs for 10 days and as a result, their fans will miss the release date.
The tweet doesn’t look to have prompted a response from either Johnson or Patel but there have been some amusing responses with more than a few mentions of their big hit single ‘Last Resort’.
The band did reply to one tweet that asked what had happened with the group explaining that around 500 albums have been stuck in customs since 25th February and they have no idea when they will be released.
David Martin, CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition is quoted by NME as saying, “It is time for the architects of Brexit to put their money where their mouths are and prove that Brexit can be a success and not a catastrophe for our industry.”
Many vinyl printing plants are still in mainland Europe and because of Brexit, as well as the Covid-19 restrictions, significant delays are expected for vinyl enthusiasts going forward.