Twitter has spawned some pretty ridiculous beefs recently, but this may stand as one of the more civil and interesting ones.
Yesterday, Montreal-based dream-pop group Stars announced on Twitter that, due to the recently passed immigration law in Arizona, that they would be boycotting the state until the law is repealed.
About five hours later, Damian Abraham, frontman of Toronto hardcore stompers Fucked Up, responded with the following:
“Don’t get me wrong, I think the AZ immigration bill is horrible and must be repealed but I also think that indie bands boycotting the state is inane. Do Stars honestly think that by denying the state their brand of dreamy pop that they’re going to force the governor’s hand? All this does is not give the people that like your band enough credit and assumes that they are in someway supportive of the bill. Mind you, if you are Nickleback and a fan base of those types of douche bags then boycotting is a good strategy.”
Stars followed up by bringing up Abraham’s recent appearances on Fox News’ Red Eye, and restating their belief in the boycott and its power as a gesture. Abraham stressed the importance of direction in a boycott, claiming that Stars’ approach “lacks nuance.” Overall, the argument remained quite cordial.
In other Fucked Up news, the band posted a new song this past Friday entitled “Here Lies Are” on their Looking For Gold blog, with almost no information accompanying it. Turns out, it will be appearing on a split 12″ with Norwegian noise-pop group Sarena-Maneesh, which will be released by the Norwegian label Best Of Both Worlds.