Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell was asked in an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TV why new rock bands are having a difficult time selling records in the digital age. He replied, “Well, people don’t wanna buy dogs**t. You know what I mean? I think that’s why. That’s really basically what it comes down to. There’s just so much oversaturation and just so many bands, and none of them sound original; everybody sounds like the band you just listened to before.”
Maxwell continued, “I put on a heavy metal radio station here in the States, nine times out of ten, I can’t tell who’s who. So why would people go out and spend good money on music that f**king sucks?”
- The guitarist added, “I think with technology nowadays, with, obviously, all the downloading and streaming, it gives people an opportunity to listen to your record and judge whether they wanna go out and buy it or not. So, yeah, I think if more bands put more time and quality into the writing, they might actually sell more records.”
- Maxwell did say he thinks YouTube and other streaming services are good for newer bands, remarking, “I mean, any kind of promotion, anything you can use to promote your band is good.”
- Hellyeah’s fifth album, Unden!able, will be released on June 3rd and will follow up 2014’s Blood For Blood. The first single, “Human,” is Number 12 on the rock radio chart.
- Hellyeah is currently on the road with Escape The Fate, New Years Day and From Ashes To New. That trek stops on Tuesday night (May 31st) in Denver and ends on June 5th in Las Vegas. Hellyeah will then venture out on the Hell Pop Tour with In This Moment, beginning on June 18th in Des Moines, Iowa.
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- Do you agree with Tom Maxwell that most new rock bands aren’t worth your time?
- What do you think is the biggest problem with rock music today? Is there a problem at all?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Ke Enjady wrote: “look who’s calling the kettle black.”
Vlad Endale wrote: “People don’t buy records because your name is Hellyeah and your music sucks.”
Brian Taylor wrote: “Even though I got into Hellyeah because I can’t have Mudvayne or Pantera, Tom’s statement cracks me up because their music is mediocre.”
Dan Houle wrote: “I wouldn’t say things like this too loud dude, especially since Hellyeah has pretty much sucked since it’s inception.”