An Australian police force has – jokingly – issued an arrest warrant for Canadian band Nickelback, for “crimes against music,” CBC News is reporting.
The Queensland Police Service, via their Facebook page and Twitter account, put out a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) poster for Nickelback, including computer-generated likenesses of the band members and warned area residents that the men are “impersonating musicians.”
Urgent police warning: Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight. pic.twitter.com/iTI6ShuO2K
— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) May 20, 2015
Of course, it’s all tongue-in-cheek; none of the members of Nickelback can expect to be arrested, nor is producing awful music a crime in Australia. In fact, the Queensland Police Service has a history of approaching social media with humor, according to Buzzfeed.
Nickelback, the Canadian rock band that everybody loves to hate, drew the attention of the Queensland Police Service simply for being Nickelback, apparently. Not that the music press isn’t having fun with it: Uproxx music writer Ryan Alfieri pulled no punches.
“‘To Protect and Serve’ against the most offensive mainstream band that Canada has produced this millennium. Nickelback has done enough societal damage throughout their career via layers of simplified guitar riffs. The band is an unstoppable monster of borrowed concepts, recycled melodies and lyrics that make even the sappiest music fan cringe. Now, law enforcement in Queensland, Australia is stepping in to prevent its community from succumbing to any more formulaic ‘rock.'”
Whether Nickelback deserves the hate that it gets is a matter of debate for another post, but there’s no denying that Nickelback is hated: a London music lover famously started an online fundraising campaign to keep Nickelback out of his city; and a Virginia man subjected himself to a week of Nickelback for charity.
“I don’t think I could have gone one more minute.”
Nickelback lead vocalist Chad Kroeger laughs off the criticism.
“If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don’t know that they’re still responsible for us being around today.”
As of this post, none of the band members of Nickelback have publicly commented about the Queensland Police Service’s “arrest warrant” for the band.