Drowning Pool have responded to the media linking their 2001 song "Bodies" with the man who is charged with carrying out shootings in Arizona on Saturday (January 8).
Jared Loughner, 22, was apprehended afer six people were shot dead at the incident in Tucson. US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was also fired at in the incident and is in a critical condition in hospital.
The shooter had an unofficial video featuring "Bodies" playing in the background while a masked man burns the American flag listed as a favourite on his YouTube channel, leading some media commentators to speculate over whether the killer was influenced by the song.
In the statement, posted online at Drowningpool.com, the band said: "We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. 'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence."
The band add that they believe "someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy".
This is not the first time Drowning Pool have been forced to defend "Bodies". The song has been used in the past as part of a method of torture used at Guantanamo Bay and has been listed as a favourite for soldiers before they engage in active duty.
Thanks for the report to Nme.com.