In a new interview, Anthrax's Scott Ian has revealed that he would abolish the Internet if he could. Talking with Rock Svierge (via Blabbermouth) Ian stated that he would like to see a return to the "old way" of distributing music, where people used to buy physical albums:
"If a genie came out of the bottle and gave me the option of abolishing the Internet and it would disappear like it never existed and nobody even remembered we ever had it and things went back to the way they were, I would prefer the old way, for sure... I definitely prefer the way when we used to make records and people would buy them. I definitely prefer that way rather than people stealing them or just listening for free on a f--king streaming service!"
However, Ian did go on to admit that there were good aspects to the Internet. Specifically, he pointed to the fact that bands don't have to rely on the media or radio like they used to in the 1980s because there is no longer a middle man:
"Now we can go on Facebook or whatever and tell people what's happening. You get instant response and you're able to respond back. That's something I find really cool. The idea that someone can write me something on Twitter and I can respond directly back to them and start a conversation, which we couldn't do before. I think of that from a fan's point of view, because I'm a music fan too."
Anthrax are set to release a new album this year. The band posted a 45 second teaser of new material earlier this week.