Former SKYCLAD and current RETURN TO THE SABBAT frontman Martin Walkyier has issued the following statement in response to the news that British all-girl rock band/sex commune ROCKBITCH have decided to cease all gigging activities:
"It was with deep regret that I received an email this morning informing me that one of our planet's most unique and enlightened bands had decided to call an end to live-performances. Since first hearing their music, I recognized instantly that ROCKBITCH were among the rare few truly sincere artistes in the music scene today. It will be a tragic occurrence indeed should we never again witness these special ladies transforming a mundane concert hall into a vibrant temple of spiritual and sexual awakening for the evening. It's such a shameful reflection upon our present times, when a band of this extraordinary calibre cannot get the recognition they so rightfully deserve.
"I fully appreciate the struggle they've endured, and understand their reasons for feeling as if they can stand this frustration no longer having also experienced prejudice and misunderstanding myself throughout course of my creative career. The general public are largely terrified by the truth, and therefore brand as fools and freaks all who actually speak it. I think it makes them feel safer and more comfortable that way. It is hard work indeed to wake a world which doesn't even realize it's sound asleep. Two thousand years of pious Christianity really has quite a lot to answer for, and when slow-witted humanity finally discovers the true meaning of life, then all shall live and love like ROCKBITCH, I am certain!
"Do not lose hope or be faint of heart, for I feel the God and Goddess walking constantly at our sides. For all those who experience life to the limit, each dawn is a fresh adventure, every ending just the start of a brand-new beginning. There will one day come a time when the entire human-race learns that it's far better to fuck than fight with each other, it's just a shame that it will probably take some global nuclear or biological holocaust to teach our species this most basic lesson in life. I hear the distant pulsing of an ancient sexual energy rousing deep inside the belly of Mother Earth, as a giant serpent's heartbeat slowly stirring from its primordial slumber. As a raging whirlwind once awoken, it will sweep away the stagnation and hypocrisy of all that has gone before as part of the endless cosmic cycle of renewal. The cultural rebirth of our civilization, bringing about a drastic and long-overdue reappraisal of the moral, spiritual and economic foundations of human society. I sense a rapidly-approaching age when free-thinkers and lovers may yet have their say, and the 'freak' shall inherit The Earth! May your guardian-spirits be with you always."