Chvrches have hit back at criticism from Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, branding his comments "bullshit" and a "pointless dig".
Speaking to Noisey in April 2014, in the lead up to the release of new Linkin Park album The Hunting Party, Shinoda took shots at indie music at large. When asked about what he thought of the current state of rock music, he said that everything sounds the same, highlighting HAIM, Vampire Weekend and Chvrches as examples.
"There’s so much music out there; there’s so much stuff that sounds like Haim or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full," he said. "The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music. And I’m confused by that."
In an interview at France's OpenAir St. Gallen Festival, the band were quizzed about the comments, Iain Cook responded that it was a "pointless dig" and Lauren mayberry called it "bullshit". She also added that it was no “coincidence that he’s got a record to sell and he mentions several bands every one is writing about.”
Watch the interview in question with Chvrches below
Mayberry had the last word, saying she doesn't "like being called a corporate sellout by the man who wrote the theme music for the MTV VMAs."
Martin Doherty then pointed out that the band had developed very thick skin and chose to ignore comments whether they were positive or negative.
"We’ve developed this near super-human ability to block out whatever people are saying about us," he said. "From the very first day we were in the public domain, we’ve known it’s as important to not listen to the praise as much as it’s not important to listen to the negative comments. Ultimately, both have the same affect. We’ve been remarkably focused from day one."
Seems like Linkin Park may have chosen the wrong band to take a pop at this time...
Below: Chvrches performing live at The Scala