Iron Maiden Slam Grizzly Bear
Metal legends have a pop at the indie darlings’ record sales.
Iron Maiden have launched a stinging attack on Grizzly Bear in the band’s recent press release. Touting US reviews and details of Maiden’s forthcoming fifteenth album ‘The Final Frontier’, the press release includes a paragraph lambasting the Mute artists.
“[Iron Maiden’s] last record, ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’, sold a million copies worldwide in its first week, with 56,000 sold in the United States”, begins the bizarre paragraph. “Compare that to, say, a Pitchfork darling like Grizzly Bear, whose 2009 release, the nearly unpronounceable ‘Veckatimest’, sold 33,000 copies in the U.S. in its initial week. It’s a metaphorical wedgie from metal fans to wussy indie kids everywhere”.
Metallica and Wheatus also get short-shrift from the band:
“[Maiden] don’t stop doing what they do best…That’s a good thing – where other bands muck around with their formula in an attempt to be progressive (see [Metallica’s] ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’, if you must), these dudes know what their fans want and how to do it well, ensuring that their legacy will be a lot more than being mentioned in that awful Wheatus song ‘Teenage Dirtbag’.”
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