The alleged shooter who killed six people in a Wisconsin Sikh temple yesterday has been identified as Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old army veteran and the singer/founder of a racist hardcore punk band.
Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Page—who was killed by police after allegedly opening fire in a suburban Milwaukee temple—led a white supremacist band called End Apathy. In a 2010 interview with the racist Label 56—run by a member of the Maryland State Skinheads—Wade said he began the band in 2005 "to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society" and "figure out how to end people's apathetic ways." While that sounds innocuous enough, he also mentioned the need for "strict discipline to stay the course in our sick society." On the band's MySpace page, they describe their music as, "A sad commentary on our sick society and the problems that prevent true progress."
Prior to forming his own racist band, Wade played in a number of groups with despicable lyrics. He played bass in a group called Youngland which featured lines such as, "Stand one stand all, stand up, stand proud and raise the white man's flag." Ugh. He also told Label 56 about attending "Hammerfest 2000 in Georgia," which was a "hate rock" festival put on by white supremacist group Hammerskin Nation.
Equally disgusting, Page played in a band called Definite Hate, a White Power group with an album cover that reads "Welcome to the South" set against a picture of the Confederate flag and a hangman's noose. End Apathy's first release was a split 7" single with Definite Hate, according to the former's MySpace.
So it turns out this terrible human being who allegedly killed six has been, unsurprisingly, a complete sh*thead for years.