Published Nov 10, 2014U2 have incurred plenty of criticism since forcibly infecting iTunes users with their new album Songs of Innocence. Now, much like the Black Keys, arena rockers Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has spoken out against U2.
Speaking to theMusic.com.au [via Consequence of Sound], Hawkins had harsh words for both the music and distribution model.
"I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea," he said. "'Here's the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!' And they thought, probably, 'Well that's pretty awesome!' but they didn't really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, '[In menacing voice] You have the new U2 record'… You couldn't get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that's horrible. I liked all the YouTube footage of all the crap: 'What the fuck is this shit doin' on my phone, dog? Get this shit off my phone, dog!'"
He added that he's not a fan of the music, and that the distribution method marred his listening experience.
"What happened to U2, man? I don't think people are that hyped on them," he said. "I don't know that any of that new album has anything great on it. I listened to it once, but it's so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it."
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are releasing their album Sonic Highways, and they're doing so in a more traditional manner — y'know, with an eight-part HBO series.