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Did Violent Soho Rip Off A Local Artist’s Work For WACO?


Just as Violent Soho’s fourth full-length WACO looks set to take out top spot on the ARIA Album Charts, some less than favourable allegations have come to light that could sour the good vibes.

Some keen-eyed folks have noticed a few similarities between a piece local Sydney artist James Jirat Patradoon did 10 years ago and the cover art for WACO, designed by Pedro Oyarbide. Both depict a man with his fist raised and ready to punch someone square in the jaw. You can view Patradoon’s original artwork, “Having Begun I Had To Go On”, here, where he describes it as being part of his Honours year work.


As you can probably guess, these are weighty claims to make, especially given the band have been ones to fight for the little guys and campaign against ticket scalpers in recent weeks.

Violent Soho were quick to address the matter on social media, saying that they first approached Patradoon “over a year ago” in regards to commissioning “this exact piece for an old 7” cover”. “We are in discussions with both artists – James and Pedro – to make sure everyone is happy and our team are going through the usual process of making sure all the rights are properly cleared.” You can read the band’s full statement below.

Hey guys, today someone made a comment online that our artwork for WACO is similar to an old illustration by respected…

Posted by Violent Soho on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

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