According to The Pulse Of Radio, MASTODON bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and guitarist Bill Kelliher explained in a new interview with Noisey that the band doesn't let online trolls and haters — and even some of their own fans — get to them with criticism about their sound or the way it's changed. Kelliher said, "Our fucking fans are nuts. They pick apart every fucking note, every fucking word, who's singing what, why this song doesn't sound like the last song, why this song sucks because it's different."
Kelliher added: "I read these comments on the internet of people saying we sold out by playing songs like 'Show Yourself'. Who the fuck are you? What do you mean we sold out? I'll play whatever music I want to play! I'll put out a goddamn pop record if I want to. I don't have to answer to anybody but my bandmates — and my wife."
Kelliher offered his perception of who some of these alleged fans are, saying: "There's people that follow the MASTODON Facebook page and then they talk shit. Are you just trying to be cool? I think of a pimply-faced 14-year-old in his underpants sitting on his computer. Where's your band that you've had for 17 years? Where are your three-time Grammy loser certificates?"
MASTODON has been nominated for a Grammy three times in the "Best Metal Performance" category over the years, losing all three times.
"Show Yourself" is currently No. 8 on the rock radio chart, the biggest single of MASTODON's career.
The track is taken from the group's seventh studio album, "Emperor Of Sand", which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart last week, making it their third Top 10 album
MASTODON has just kicked off a spring U.S. headline tour that brings the band to San Francisco on Tuesday (April 18).