A May 2010 interview that Sikh Temple shooter Wade Page gave to promote his hard-core punk band End Apathy reveals a man who felt he was holding himself back when it came to accomplishing "positive results ... in our sick society."
The interview was conducted by "Rick 56" from End Apathy's record label Label 56, which bills itself on its website as promoting "cultural change through music and activism."
In the interview -- which was taken down Monday afternoon from the website Uprise Direct, a blog "sponsored by Label 56" -- Page said he started the band in 2005 "to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back."
"A lot of what I realized at the time was that if we could figure out how to end people's apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward," Page is quoted as saying. "Of course after that it requires discipline, strict discipline, to stay the course in our sick society.
"But I didn't want to just point the finger at what other people should do, but also I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back."
That sentiment, he says in the interview, inspired the song "Self Destruct."
Page also says his band's songs "vary from sociological issues, religion and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to."
In the interview, Page makes references to other bands he was in, including 13 Knots and Definite Hate. There is a video on YouTube uploaded in May 2007 that defines Definite Hate as a "white power band" and depicts a performance in Laurens, S.C. In the concert footage, a flag with the image of Adolf Hitler superimposed on a Nazi swastika is used as a backdrop.
At about 1 p.m. Central time Monday, Label 56 posted a statement on its website and Facebook page.
"Label 56 is very sorry to hear about the tragedy in Wisconsin and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who are affected," the statement reads. "We have worked hard over the years to promote a positive image and have posted many articles encouraging people to take a positive path in life, to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and just general behavior that can affect ones life negatively. Likewise we have never sought attention by using 'shock value'/symbols and ideology that are generally labeled as such. With that being said, all images and products related to End Apathy have been removed from our site. We do not wish to profit from this tragedy financially or with publicity."
"In closing please do not take what Wade did as honorable or respectable and please do not think we are all like that."
Authorities have confirmed Page, 40, as the man who shot and killed six people Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. He served in the Army for several years and was assigned to psychological operations, or PsyOps, according to sources.
Page was shot and killed by an Oak Creek police officer Sunday morning after he shot a police officer who was helping one of the victims.
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