Gojira Sent Chvrches a Care Package After Their Twitter Feud with Jamey Jasta
I love this story. Not so much because I’m invested in which of these people I don’t know does or does not get along with which of these other people I also don’t know, but because it’s such a perfect illustration of the ways in which the art and the artist reflect one another.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! To review: last month, the Deftones announced the bill for the second annual Dia de los Deftones, a festival the band members themselves curate. The line-up for the sophomore edition of the fest is a mix of acts from different musical genres, so blah blah blah, the synth-pop trio Chvrches ended up being billed over Gojira, who are about as close to universally loved as any metal band ever could be. And that billing rubbed Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta the wrong way, so he took to Twitter to complain that “the music industry suckkkkks sometimes” and assert that “Metal needs to be shown more respect.” Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry, in turn, retorted:
“Deftones curated the lineup so I don’t know how that speaks to problems with The Music Industry. I think it’s important and powerful that they promote the idea of a diverse community and try to bridge gaps instead of being guided by limiting, antiquated ideas about genre.
“I saw Gojira in Glasgow years ago and have seen Deftones three times so was excited when we got asked to be on the bill. Just because someone plays or listens to ‘pop music’ doesn’t mean they don’t understand or appreciate other things.”
And you might think that would be the end of the story… but it turns out someone else had something to say — albeit without words. When NME recently asked Mayberry about the metal community’s reaction to the Jasta drama, Mayberry replied:
“I thought it was really cool because it just showed that kind of thinking in the metal community isn’t stood for any more. And Gojira actually sent us a merch package so we got a crap tonne of Gojira t-shirts. That was really nice. It reflects the community and informs the community.”
And this is what I was saying about the way art reflects the artist:
- The dude from Hatebreed got angry and talked about a need for “respect.”
- The lady from Chvrches went Full Millennial.
- The gentle souls from Gojira quietly sent a peace offering.
I mean, say what you will about this whole debacle, but you can’t argue that anyone behaved in a way that’s off-brand!