King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have caused quite the stir by taking home the award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the ARIAs this week, and while The Amity Affliction have already spoken out about it, they’ve got some more things to say about the ARIAs.
The Amity Affliction’s Ahren Stringer has already requested that the ARIAs exclude them from any further nominations, and has now directed more criticism their way.
“It’s not about us losing, trust me we know after this many years we’re always going to lose,” he writes on Twitter, denying that they were only complaining about the ARIAs because they didn’t win.
“We hate the arias as much as they hate us.”
Stringer clarifies that the band is annoyed that a group which isn’t typically classified as heavy rock could take out a category that’s all about that genre.
“It’s about how ridiculous is it is for a band that isn’t even a heavy band to win a category,” he writes. “It would be like Donald trump winning … Fuck.”
Fellow Amity member Joel Birch also popped his two cents in, writing on Twitter, “We did care about the ARIA awards once upon a time. Then we were told how they work. Now we don’t care, really.”
He then followed it up with a picture of salt and the band standing in front of a massive crowd.
— Joel Birch (@JoelDTD) November 24, 2016
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are yet to respond to Music Feeds‘ requests for comment on the controversy surrounding their win, but so far much of the criticism has been aimed at the ARIAs, rather than the band themselves.
And Amity aren’t the only nominees speaking out about it. Twelve Foot Ninja guitarist Stevic MacKay has told Music Feeds that he was “irritated” by the decision and Parkway Drive’s manager has called it “odd”.
Catch Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch’s latest tweets, below.
when people call you a sellout and try to burn you about always sounding the same … pic.twitter.com/lnchS2XYfU
— Ahren Stringer (@stringDTD) November 24, 2016