Mike Martin of All That Remains says he’s learned to ignore haters who rip into his band over the webernets.
Most of these haters are bummed because Phil Labonte’s mostly an ignorant fuck. Mike, on the other hand, has done nothing to piss people off.
“We’ve always just done whatever feels right to us and done whatever we like,” Martin says in a new interview. “It’s never been too much of a concern of ‘What are people going to say if we do this?’ We just do it, which is why we have so much variety.
“We get crucified by kids online, but we’re so used to that. It’s not a big deal. There are people who wake up in the morning and just live to hate bands on the Internet.”
I seriously doubt people “live” for that opportunity, but maybe I’m wrong.
I’d say it’s more of a fun hobby, personally.
“Once you get used to it, it’s cool,” Martin said of Internet tough guys. “It’s a bit of a shock at first. Before I paid attention to the Internet, before Facebook, Twitter and Blabbermouth, I didn’t know about any of that stuff at first. So I never really saw anything about the band, really. All of a sudden I started seeing those web sites.”
He continued: “At first, it’s very disheartening. At first I thought the band was failing. I thought our careers were over. ‘Oh my god, all these kids hate us.’ Then you have to realize the percentage of those people who go on the Internet and bitch all day is so small. You’ve got five to 10 kids online that are complaining about your new record, then you go headline a show and there’s a 1,000 or 2,000 people there. Makes you feel better about yourself.”
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