Periphery has received additional attention from the Australian public after being mentioned during the ongoing trial of Evie Amati, a 26-year-old who allegedly attacked three people – all of whom have survived – with at axe in a 7-Eleven store in Sydney back in January 2017.
ABC reports that prosecutor Daniel McMahon opened the case by noting that Evie had been listening to Periphery’s “Flatline” track before the attack, pointing out it features “some pretty dark themes.”
The prosecutor added that Amati “had fantasies about killing herself and others,” writing to a friend that “most people deserve to die, I hate people and one day I am going to kill a lot of people” about an hour before the incident.
Defense attorney Charles Waterstreet said Evie was not guilty by reason of mental illness, adding that at the time of the attack she was in a state of psychosis caused by her mental illness and a “toxic mixture” of gender transition hormone medication, cannabis, amphetamines and alcohol.
Guitarist Marc Holcoomb did not like the fact that his band was mentioned in the process, first just writing “the fuck,” and then further elaborating via Twitter:
“It’s 2018 and lawyers still find it relevant to mention what kind of music a would-be murderer listened to beforehand. A couple more pertinent questions: favorite Seinfeld episode? Favorite food? MJ or LeBron? Star Wars or LOTR? Apple Music or Spotify? Favorite Golden Girl?”
Marc also retweeted a post from a fan saying:
“‘Flatline’ is literally about bullying and suicide, its helped me in many ways. blaming music is complete bullshit.”