A line has been drawn in the sand and it’s time for us all to choose a side.
It all started at Spanish music festival Resurrection Fest, where both bands were billed to perform.
Bad Religion guitarist Brian Barker spotted an interesting-looking BMTH flyer backstage that seems to have – shall we say – ground his gears.
So much so that he saw fit to snap and post it on Instagram along with some harsh words for the younger band.
Here is said flyer for your inspection:
“I’m going to stop these people every time I see them today and tell them how much their band sucks,” Barker wrote.
And it wasn’t long before Barker’s Insta-shade caught the eye of BMTH frontman Oli Sykes & drummer Matt Nichols, who swiftly returned fire in the comments section of the post.
Here’s what they had to say:
You should of I could of asked you why you’ve been… playing under us you sorry old wrinkly bastard. P.s saw you a couple of times & you said nada. Willy Woofter
Hahah I can’t imagine being as old as you are and still acting like a 14 year old girl. Saw you at least 10 times and you didn’t bat an eye lid. You got bigger things to worry about nowadays anyway, like ya pension, or cold weather. Dickhead.
Yeah we are not your enemy, winter is your enemy.
But Barker wasn’t taking any of their sass lying down. He proceeded to open up a can of Insta-whoop ass on the young whippersnappers via the following retort:
It seems you’ve missed the point entirely. The issue here is entitlement. My post was a comment on your collective delusion that working local crew at a thirty band festival should be required to memorize your faces to spare you the indignity of breaking stride on the way to your backstage oasis or even worse, the humiliation of carrying credentials. Your literal display of arrogance (and the hilariously unrecognized irony within it) was what I was sharing with my followers. I honestly don’t know if your music is bad or good – it’s not for old people! I meant that you suck as humans. Sorry for the confusion.
Needless to say, Bring Me probably won’t be singing a Happy Song after reading that one.
It’ll damn-hell sure be interesting to see if this inter-generational rock n’ roll biffo heats up any further.
Naturally, fans from both #TeamBarker and #TeamBMTH have both been flooding old mate’s orig Insty post (below) with their opinions. And in the meantime we’re all just here like: