Adam Levine got Twitter abuzz thanks to a new interview in which he lamented a lack of bands in the pop music landscape. As it turns out, a couple of current bands had some thoughts.
In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, promoting Maroon 5’s latest single “Beautiful Mistakes” with Megan Thee Stallion, Levine talked about how things look a lot different now than they did when his band dropped their debut album, Songs About Jane, almost 20 years ago.
“When the first Maroon 5 album came out, there were still other bands,” the frontman said. “I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know? That’s the thing that makes me kind of sad, is that there were just bands. There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed.”
One of the people who took issue with his statement was Hayley Williams, who has fronted the band Paramore since their first album in 2005 — not too long after Maroon 5’s breakthrough.
“adam levine thinks paramore broke up :(,” Williams tweeted.
To be fair, some fans thought the same, given that Williams has released two solo albums in the last two years, including last month’s Flowers for Vases/Descansos. But she reassured worried fans on New Year’s Day, replying to a fan’s message of “Omg I thought paramore was breaking up,” tweeting, “lol y’all been worried about that too long. aint happening.”
A band that predates Maroon 5 had something to say about Levine’s comment too, with Garbage tweeting in response: “What are we Adam Levine? CATS?!?!?” Garbage formed in 1993 and found much of their commercial success that decade, but their most recent album, Strange Little Birds, was released in 2016.
Levine did hedge his comment to Lowe a bit, adding, “I mean, there still are plenty of bands, and maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”
Maroon 5 released their last album, Red Pill Blues, in 2017. Since then, the band released a remix of one of the album’s tracks, “Girls Like You,” with Cardi B in May 2018, which logged seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and they headlined the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. In the Apple Music interview, Levine teased that the band’s next album is “not far off.”