Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry responds after Hatebreed vocalist criticises festival billing

Roisin O'Connor

Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has responded after Hatebreed’s Jamey Hasta criticised her band’s appearance on a festival lineup curated by Deftones.

The Scottish synth-pop band were announced as the second-from-top billing at Dia De Los Deftones festival in San Diego.

Jasta appeared to take issue with this, and tweeted: “Who is churches with a v and why the f**k are they playing over Gojira?”

“Get tha f**k outtta here. Have you ever heard The Heaviest Matter In The Universe?” he continued. “You’re gonna get embarrassed off the stage lol no offence. God the music industry suckkkkks sometimes.”

He added: “Update: googled Churches w/ a v, they gotta be huge they did a song with a guy w/ a Marshmallow mask and people LOOOOOVE IT. Good for them.”

Jasta later said: “I’m sure they’re lovely people and a popular group, I don’t agree with the lineup order, same w/ other festivals, if anyone is butt hurt about my opinion wait until you hear the podcast! Metal needs to be shown more respect. Longer career, legacy, more albums, bill em higher.”

The singer then claimed to prefer bands that “play their instruments” to “track acts”, apparently unaware that all three members of Chvrches play instruments live.

“Props to Chvrches booking agent though, that’s a gangster power move haha,” he commented.

Mayberry responded by stating her and her bandmates’ love of metal, and pointed out the fact that few people listen to just one genre anymore.

“I saw Gojira in Glasgow years ago and have seen Deftones three times so was excited when we got asked to be on the bill,” she replied. “Just because someone plays or listens to “pop music” doesn’t mean they don’t understand or appreciate other things."

“Deftones curated the lineup so I don’t know how that speaks to problems with The Music Industry. I think it’s important and powerful that they promote the idea of a diverse community and try to bridge gaps instead of being guided by limiting, antiquated ideas about genre.”