One band is claiming that Nickelback and streaming services like Spotify are the main culprits in why rock n’ roll as a music genre is dying right before our eyes.
The Black Keys feel like they’ve gotten a bad rap over the years and are tired of being compared to Nickelback.
For them, being compared to Nickelback is the ultimate insult because they feel like the Canadian rockers are contributing to the demise of rock n’ roll.
While speaking to Rolling Stone, drummer Patrick Carney said:
Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh**. Therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F**k that! Rock ‘n’ roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it f***ing ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous sh**. When people start lumping us into that kind of sh**, it’s like, ‘F**k you,’ honestly.
They’re not the only ones who feel this way about rock n’ roll. In fact, there’s a growing concern among fans about the rapid disappearance of rock radio stations around the country as well as low to mediocre sales.
Is Nickelback really to blame? Or are they just being made out as the scapegoat?
According to The Black Keys, streaming services like Spotify are also contributing to the death of rock n’ roll.
Drummer Patrick Carney on Spotify:
[Streaming services] are becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams. For a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point where it’s feasible for us. There’s a lot of things about these services that people don’t really know. It’s kind of set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists.
What do you think: Do they have a point? Or are they just jealous haters?