The members of BASTARDANE, the group which features drummer Castor Hetfield, son of METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, were recently asked their opinion on the whole “rock is dead” assessment which came into prominence back in 2014 when it was stated by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.
Speaking with the “Mike Nelson Show“, BASTARDANE guitarist Ethan Sirotzki said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “He’s lying. It’s bullshit. I think it will come back but be much different. I don’t think a revival is going to be, ‘Oh, the ’80s and ’90s are happening again.’ I think people will draw from that and create something new that will be really big and exciting.”
Castor added: “I think there’s a lot of people that all the shows that they’ve seen live is just some guy with a microphone in front of a computer. I mean, I’m not gonna hate on the music but the live aspect of it — what are you gonna watch?
“There’s quite a few people who, I feel like, have come to one of our shows and been, ‘Wow. This is the first real instrument show I’ve seen and it’s more of a spectacle,'” the 22-year-old drummer continued. “And I think people are realizing that it’s a real thing and I feel like there’s a lot of appreciation towards it, especially now that there’s a lot of those computer music guys out there. I just think it’s cooler to watch live — more going on — and it just feels more intense. You can mess up — playing guitar, you can mess up. The computer is not gonna mess up.”
BASTARDANE recently released its debut album titled, “Is This Rage?”