While on tour with Grizzly Bear in Australia over the weekend, Ed Droste took to his Instagram to vent about the music industry, saying it's "fucked" and saying there's no value put on live music anymore especially for "mid-tier or lower" acts. After his thoughts made news on Monday, Ed took to his Instagram stories again to clarify things, saying his views weren't a "pity party" from a "whiny punk" and are not "a reflection on any concert goer or fan... This is IMO about the middle men of which there are more than ever that cut into the pie."
After writing a bit about other factors, including band members with children, he goes on to say, "Just wanted to shed a light on the logistics of touring places that once we could justify bc there were alternate sources of income like record sales or commercials. You can see it reflected in festival line ups already in terms of genres." He also added "Explaining logistics to people asking is not complaining. I'm just outspoken."
Read the whole thing below. Meanwhile, Grizzly Bear and fellow indie vets Spoon will make for an appealing double-bill tour this summer, including a show in Prospect Park for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.