blink 182 by August Prum July 12, 2017
New Blink-182 frontman Matt Skiba has made some rather… interesting comments in lieu of the disastrous Fyre Festival.
You know the story. Ja Rule and some dude named Billy got a bunch of Instagram models to advertise said Fyre Festival.
Then, with tickets starting at $1,500 and certain extremely lit tent packages going for $12,500, a bunch of young rich kids went down to the Bahamas and then got stuck on a pig-infested island with nothing but bread and cheese.
Fyre Festival was a complete disaster. That dude Billy was arrested, charged with wire fraud, and is now out on $300,000 bail.
And it turns out it was all because of frickin’ Matt Skiba.
Skiba heads the band Alkaline Trio and took over for Tom Delonge after Blink-182 broke up in 2015.
It was all because of some damn Skiba witchcraft.
Skiba told NME he willed Fyre Fest into nonexistence,
“I had a bad feeling about that event. I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
Alright then. Skiba went on,
“We pulled out for technical and logistical issues and the rest of it crumbled to shit because that’s what it was. It was bullshit. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me.”
So that’s a totally wild and ridiculous thing to say, but then Skiba went on to make some awoken and poignant points about the socioeconomic landscape of the Caribbean and how tourists interact with the islands,
“I’ve been to the Bahamas before and it’s so crass. You land in Nassau and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off.
“It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts.”
Skiba seems like quite the character. As a former Blink stan, I’m still a little hurt that Tom Delonge and the boys broke up and I’m not so convinced about this Skiba character’s ability to get as truly nasally as Delonge.
Regardless, one thing we can agree upon is that being frontman for Blink-182 gives you some interesting ideas.