On Thursday (Oct. 29), The Crystal Method released a statement in response to its song “High Roller” being used by Russian state television to soundtrack violent drone footage from Syria.
According to The Telegraph, the footage originally aired by Russian state broadcaster VGTRK purports to show state forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advancing into Jobar, a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus.
Read the Crystal Method’s statement in full below:
“It has come to our attention over the last 24 hours that the Kremlin via Russian state broadcaster VGTRK have used our song ‘High Roller’ as the soundtrack to some shocking drone footage from Syria. The use of our music in this context is in no way authorized and The Crystal Method do not condone the use of violence for the resolution of any conflict. Our hearts go out to the people of Syria affected by this terrible war and their friends and families.”
The video containing the song and footage can be watched below (viewer discretion is advised):