Mogwai Bash Metallica: 'They're Sh-te, Lars Is Terrible'

"It would be good if they could go back in time to 1989," band adds.

Mogwai Bash Metallica: 'They're Sh-te, Lars Is Terrible'
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UK post-rock titans Mogwai are set to perform at this year's Glastonbury festival within the same time slot as metal icons Metallica, the band they're not exactly too fond of.

Chatting with Gigwise, multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns kicked off by ripping drummer Lars Ulrich, saying, "I can't wait to hear that guy play the drums again - unbelievably bad. He's terrible."

Singer Stuart Braithwaite wasn't up for bashing that much, saying, "I just can't wait until we go all quiet and you can hear 'Enter Sandman' in the background, because we're on at the same time. I don't really see the fuss. They're a pretty big rock band and it's a pretty big rock festival.

"It would be good if they could go back in time to 1989. Metallica at Glastonbury in 1989," the vocalist added.

Finally, addressing the controversy of Metallica's Glasto booking, drummer Martin Bulloch briefly noted, "Because they're sh-te."

Glastonbury 2014 is set to take place from June 25 to 29. The response to Metallica booking so far has been different, going from full-on support to massive confusion.

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    Izzy-Sweet
    What a bunch of bitter c*nts. It's easy to see why Bruce Dickinson's so hell bent on staying away from Glastonbury.
    metallideth88
    I'm not even gonna waste my thoughts or time on bashing these dumb f_uckss. How in the living hell is Mogwai anyway?
    Abacus11
    Mogwai is an excellent band, if you haven't heard of their music I'd highly recommend "Mr. Beast" - great album. Burns is absolutely right... Metallica haven't been great since, yeah, about 1989 and Lars Ulrich is one of the luckiest, most overrated, overpaid barely competent musicians on the planet.
    nutzak
    Cant agree with that.. Lars drumming has brought all the power to Metallica...yea he might not be the best, but you cant say he didnt have impact in the band...he is an ass though....but Lars aside, Mr. Beast+Blunt=Spiritual Transcendence
    juzza1
    Read the "Enter Night" biography. It seems the band were thinking of ousting Lars way back 'cause he sucked. I have yet to see a live version of Creeping Death that is remotely in time.
    ddt_Eagleeye
    Yeah, and while you're at it, kick out that Hammett guy because he sucks, too. I can't believe someone like John Petrucci states him as an idol of his. Petrucci could play Hammett's solos blindfolded on a ukulele stringed upside down and it would still sound better.
    juzza1
    Imagine a young Chris Broderick in 'Tallica way back now that would've been cool.
    Lord_Hondros
    Every one of us is a great drummer that can bring power to a band... when we are in a studio. When performing live, Lars never uses double bass on any song. Lars hardly keeps time when performing as well. Have you watched any of their videos of them recording? Lars simply takes the best cut of a bar, and then has the producer ctrl+c and ctrl+v the bit over the rest.
    iduno871
    There's video from behind lars kit that show hims doing double bass live. So that rumor is out the window. And if you weren't aware. Just about every band in this current generation copies and pastes he best takes. Just because they don't show it in their studio footage doesn't mean it didn't happen. It's the digital age of recording, and bad takes don't cut it.
    feelthepar
    Fuc-king fagg0ts, mogwai? never heard of them, but they sound like some form of indie pop shit, or in other words, some samish band that love taking di-ck up their arses in return for money and wank music
    metallideth88
    wtf is post rock anyway?
    Izzy-Sweet
    That's a good question, "post" means after, doesn't it? Like post-punk? Except that made sense, post-punk was in the early 80s, where punk rock ended... but rock still exists... despite all the "rock is dead" bollocks... Genres confuse the living shit out of me.
    HitmanJenkins
    Punk Rock is still going though, just not in the form that most people would recognise it in, Post-Punk also still exists in the form of revival bands. "Post" generally implies that they're pushing beyond the boundaries of a genre of music whilst taking influence from the music they came from. A good definition of Post-Rock is "an umbrella term to describe the mostly instrumental music genre that uses rock instrumentation but disregards typical “rock” song structure"
    Abacus11
    Post-rock has been around for at least 20 years and it's actually been pretty prevalent since the late 90's. Explosions in the Sky, Pelican or Mogwai are pretty good bands to check it out if you're new to the genre. Some of it's really boring but some of it's pretty great.
    RadioPark
    Wikipedia definition: "a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and "guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures" not traditionally found in rock". Normal definition: Rock music played by pretentious hipsters with A-levels in music who think Rock music is beneath them
    georgi.artakov
    I love how there are so much people that hate Metallica, they know everything about them, Lars is the worst drummer, and everything they say...that's so old! You know what? Keep bashing on them! Nobody cares! Who the **** are Mogwai anyway to tell Metallica are shit? Wait... what the **** is Mogwai??? It just bugs me because alot of people don't know shit about Metallica but speak as if they knew anything...
    champbassist
    I love Mogwai to death, but it's pretty immature to bash other musicians. Didn't expect them to say this.
    District
    Waiting for M'tallica to react nice and polite and full of compliments about Mogwai.
    lemmyisgod97
    It's funny that they talked about Metallica in 1989 because 1989 James Hetfield would respond by calling him a c*nt.
    razorback91
    There is nothing wrong with hating something, countless music fans talk about countless bands in the same way as these guys talk about Metallica. Big wow.
    link no1
    The difference is you would expect a professional band to keep it professional rather than spewing insults about other bands, that in this situation, does nothing more than make them look jealous and bitter that they're sharing stage with a MUCH bigger band than themselves. I'm sure many bands dislike other bands, they just don't go around shouting to the heavens about it. I have no idea who 'Mogwai' are and really don't have the desire to find out.
    latinromans
    It's just two of the band members in-eloquently agreeing that Metallica started sucking in the 90s and that Lars isn't a good drummer, I hate to say something this steriotypical but UG has reached a new low, it seems as though they didn't even give enough of a shit to continue talking about this for length of time it took to read the "article". Me and my bandmates say stuff more newsworthy and offensive in passing on a regular basis as I'm sure anyone does who doesn't have reverse tourrettes.
    iommi600
    "How dare you dislike one of my pet bands? Who the **** are you? Aaaargh" - 99% of the comments on this one.
    HUNDuffman
    and the rest is wondering who the hell mogwai is
    N7Crazy
    Those who do know them are just shrugging right now - They say a whole lot of things, some things that make sense, some things that are a bit douchy, and some things that are just batshit crazy. As of my experience, most of their fans don't even really care what they have to say anymore, we just appreciate and enjoy the music they create and leave it at that.
    markoza
    Who the **** are Mogwai?
    Kueller917
    Pretty damn popular post-rock band. They released an album somewhat recently.
    Y2Jarlath
    You mean popular for a post-rock band? and what is that exactly?
    Kueller917
    One of the most well known post-rock bands at least. Over a million listeners on their lastfm page (not a professional statistic but it's something). They're no massive mainstream band but considering I've seen bands like Godspeed mentioned on UG several times I'm surprised at the number of people who've never even heard of Mogwai.
    Flying Afros
    Being on UG, I understand why everyone is jumping on the Mogwai hate band wagon. Some of the worst gatherings of internet commenters in the history of teh internets. Don't know how most people here haven't heard of them. Saw them a few months back and they can get pretty ****ing heavy live. Their shows are so powerful and emotional. The post below me does an awesome job of explaining post-rock to all the ignorant "tallica rulez" douchbags on this site. oh ya, I enjoy listening to both bands BTW.
    N7Crazy
    I'll take this as a serious question, and give you a proper answer: Post rock is genre that uses instruments and lineups common within rock, but disregards the typical rock-songstructures and textures. The absolute most typical track is one built around quiet arpeggios around simple chord progressions that swell into rousing crescendos. Post rock is a genre that has been popular for quite some time - The probably largest bands within the genre is Sigur Ros, Explosions in the sky, and Godspeed you! Black emperor. Especially Sigur Ros is probably the most commercially succesfull post-rock band to date with millions of records sold and a large part of their albums charting within the top 10. Both Sigur Ros and Explosions in the sky have had their music frequently used in television and films, as post-rock is a often a very cinematic form of music. Post-rock in general has since it's official recognition in the mid-90's managed to gather a very large grassroot-fanbase, with a few like Sigur Ros and EITS reaching mainstream commercial success. Still today the genre is growing, and reaching out to larger audiences.
    cheesefries
    so what you are saying is they are trying to invent a new way to count to 4.
    caeser1156
    What he's saying is that it's a type of music that doesn't sound anything like regular rock music. The simplest way to put it is saying that it's ambient music made with real instruments instead of electronic instruments.
    proudtodrown
    wouldn't expect a metallica fan to know good music
    tonello
    I wouldn't expect a Mogwai fan to know good music. I think somebody else put it best when they said there's nothing wrong with criticizing a band. But when you're a pretty popular band making fun of another pretty popular band, it comes off as unprofessional. And I think Mogwai is also pissed that they are going to be sharing a timeslot with arguably the biggest heavy metal band in the world. To me Mogwai is a band that hates the idea of a big name band and wants Glastonbury to only let relatively obscure bands play at it. And they need to get over themselves.
    Fendenburgen
    Checked the bands on your profile and you've just told a whole lot of them that they're not expected to know good music.
    tonello
    I just checked out his profile, except for a few (Maiden, QotSA, and Faith No More) he's a total hipster about music. The only bands that can be good are ones who no one has heard about.
    phili666
    so you're judging his taste as bad based on the fcat he listens to music you don't know? you're dumb. you could love half the bands he lieks you've just not heard them yet you dolt.
    LucasGtrGod
    Eh. He's got some damn good music on there, actually. Many of them are hardly obscure to anybody but the most pedestrian of music fans.
    Kueller917
    There's only about 3 bands on his list I've never heard of and I wouldn't call any of the ones I recognized hipster bands.
    Concrete Jesus
    Who the hell is that?! Metallica has sold over 20 million albums, Mogwhatever has sold over 20. I don't even know how to say Mogwhatever. Who cares what they say?