Brisbane Band Cured Pink Charged With Trespassing While Recording

15 May 2012 | 6:56 pm | Daniel Crichton Rouse

A band member says the group thought the building was abandoned.

Two Brisbane musicians have been put on a 12-month good behaviour bond after being caught trespassing on what the two thought to be an abandoned building.

Mitchell Nicolas Perkins and Glen William Schenau of Cured Pink were found by police inside the Southbank Institute of TAFE's Morningside campus in April this year, and subsequently were made to face court on the charge of trespassing.

"I thought it had been abandoned just going by the state of the building," Perkins told court.

Speaking to, Cured Pink member Andrew McLellan - who didn't face court - said that the group (which he describes as "not a strictly musical project; it is an exploitation of its own naivety and shortcomings") were unaware that they were trespassing.

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"The site is in our immediate residential area and we thought it to be in a state of arbitrary abandonment, lost in developmental limbo - we were naive about the legality of utilising the space. It is apparently in the ownership of a residential, gated-community style development group which has been met with great opposition by residents of the local area."

As to why the group chose to record there, "It holds multiple layers of past and present utility, decay, abandonment, and a strictly aesthetic beauty all in complete simultaneity. The site was a creative and technical college. To see rooms once harboring intellectual and creative hope lost in a void of disuse and abandonment asks significant questions."

The group managed to record "a few hours" of material before the police turned up, which will be released in the coming days.