In an interview with ClickMusic, The Drums frontman Jonathan Pierce has called out Kings Of Leon, who The Drums recently supported, saying the band should split up and that he thought Britney Spear’s latest record was better than their songs.
When asked what advice he had for the band, Pierce replied “I would advise them to split up and stop making music. I don’t think they’re really helping anybody – they’ve never made a song that’s really touched me in any way. I think the less bands that are making bad music, the better. I can only be honest!”
He added “I honestly think that the new Britney Spears record is better than their songs – it sounds like a really great pop song and that’s what I really like. They’re very American bar rock and it’s not interesting, it doesn’t affect me at all. That Sex is on Fire song is one of the worst songs I’ve heard in my life. I would advice them to call it quits, definitely the best thing they can do.”
Kings Of Leon are often critiqued for what many see as a rapid commercialisation of their music and the betrayal of the bands roots. Pierce further qualified this by saying “I do have to say that Jared was a very kind man and he’s smarter than he’s letting on. I don’t think he really enjoys the music that Kings of Leon are putting out. I’ve had long conversations with him and he’s very open to me. He has really great taste in music and likes really great bands – I think he looks at Kings of Leon and it’s just a job that he has.”
“I think that’s a really sad place to be – going through the motions and collecting a pay check, especially if you’re doing something that’s creative you know. To misrepresent yourself in a creative atmosphere seems a little dark to me.”
No word yet on when Kings Of Leon will resume touring, they cancelled their entire US tour in August after frontman Caleb had a spectacular meltdown on stage. There were reports that his bandmates wanted him in rehab, although his mother has denied such claims. The band are due to tour Australia in November.