Alice In Chains: We don’t wanna know what f***in’ sandwich you ate at the airport, man!
The resurrected Alice In Chains have mounted a savage attack on the state of the modern-day music industry.
In an interview in the upcoming new issue of Classic Rock, the band reveal there’s a lot of stuff they don’t like about the biz. Like the internet. And downloading. And Twitter. And whole lot more besides…
“I don’t like a whole lot of it, no,” says mainman Jerry Cantrell. “I think the thing that’s most disappointing to me is that now, what you do is worth less than nothing. It’s been reduced to a game show.
“And somehow, something you’ve worked on and poured your soul into, and invested your money in, somehow it’s no longer deemed valuable. That’s fucked up, to me. I can’t go to the gas station and take the gas for free – I’d go to jail. But somehow it’s okay to take my thing for free.”
“It really sucks, because there’s probably a 12-year‑old kid out there who could be the next Kurt Cobain, but he’s never going to get the chance to be heard because there’s no future or money in making music any more,” adds bass player Mike Inez. “I’m worried about the next generation. Where’s the art gonna come from?”
“And now it’s okay for music to be this little file that doesn’t even sound good,” Cantrell adds. “And it’s okay for people to go on stage and fucking fake the songs. They don’t want the real thing, they don’t want the bad notes, they don’t want somebody who can go up there and sing their own songs, they just want somebody that can do the fucking flashy dance moves.
“It’s not like that element wasn’t there before, but now it seems like that’s all that it is. I mean, that’s not to say that there’s not some great bands out there doing really good music, but the ratio to those other things seems off.”
“That being said, we’ve got some fantastic fuckin’ dance moves planned for the next tour,” chuckles Inez.
“There used to be a mystique about rock bands,” chips in drummer Sean Kinney, “but now it’s like, ‘Follow me on Twitter!’ I don’t wanna know what fuckin’ sandwich you ate at the airport, man. Because we’re just people. Our job isn’t all that more interesting than anybody else.”
“We went to the Grammys last year because we were nominated for a couple,” Cantrell recalls. “We’re fuckin’ doing the press line, and they’re shuffling us down the line, five minutes with these people, and they have no idea who we are, then it’s some morning show, they don’t give a fuck, and MTV wants to interview us… So we turn around and it’s fuckin’ Snooki. Snooki is going to fucking interview us. And she’s going: ‘I don’t know who they are. Who are they?’ And this is Music Television?”
“We just walked away,” Inez laughs.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, AIC’s second record with frontman William DuVall, is released at the end of May.
* The full interview with Alice In Chains appears in the new edition of Classic Rock, on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24).
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