Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has hailed pop songstress Adele for the way she forced fans to buy physical CD’s in the era of digital recordings.
In an interview with RockSverige.se Bello also slammed the ongoing struggles against music piracy describing it as ‘bullshit’ and unnecessary with what he says is the reasonable price of music.
“Illegally downloading is all bullshit; it's always been bullshit to illegally download,” blasts Bello.
“But here's the idea. It's pretty easy to get music. Music is really cheap now, if you really think about it. What's so bad about going online? If you have to go online, 'cause I like CDs anyway, 'cause I'm an older guy here and I just like the idea of having something physical in your hand.
“What's wrong with a ten-dollar or a fifteen-dollar record? You can't spare that for music that you like, to support a band that you like? That's just my thing, man. I get it; that's the new way, but there's gotta be a better way.”
On Adele he continues: “See, I love what Adele did. I love what she did. She just made people go out… If you want her music, go out and buy a CD. I love that. That's a great thing. So if you wanna further this…. continue this music, that's the way you support it.”
One of thrash metal’s Big Four, Anthrax have amassed record sales north of 10 million, facts Bello doesn’t take for granted.
“I can't (comprehend it),” says Bello.
“Here's why I can't comprehend it: I'm still in it. I feel we're very vibrant… This is a vibrant, hungry… I think Anthrax, to be really blunt, is hungrier now than ever, 'cause I feel like we have this burning ambition to be at another level with our stature… whatever it is.
“I don't even know what it is, quite honestly. I just think we have the ultimate drive right now. You'll see it on stage. You'll definitely hear it on the new record (For All Kings).
“It's a heavy fucking record. I'm really happy to be in this band and I like where it's going. I like that people are hearing it and understanding where we are. It's from a truthful place.”