Border Agents Seize Hard Drive With Band Master Tracks
October 18, 2007 at 5:40 AM (PT)
The guitarist for indie pop rockers DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE still expects to release his solo album in JANUARY even though federal border agents seized a computer hard drive containing the master tracks.
A courier was headed to SEATTLE-based BARSUK RECORDS from a studio in VANCOUVER, when U.S. Border Patrol agents seized the hard drive SEPT. 19th, CHRIS WALLA said WEDNESDAY. "I don’t know what red flag could possibly have gone up at the border. It’s so baffling to me."
WALLA said he had been in BRITISH COLUMBIA working on the album called "Field Manual." BARSUK needed the music to meet its production schedule, and a HIPPOSONIC STUDIOS employee volunteered to drive the mixed songs, on tape, and the original master tracks, on a computer hard drive.
Guards at the PEACE ARCH border crossing let the courier keep the tapes, but seized the hard drive for examination by computer forensics experts, according to WALLA and HIPPOSONIC Pres. ROB DARCH.
Mike Milne, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said he did not immediately have any specifics about Walla’s case, but said commercial items must be formally imported through the nearby PACIFIC HIGHWAY border point.