Ex Foo Fighters drummer and Sunny Day Real Estate drummer William Goldsmith recently came out with some harsh words for his old bandmate Dave Grohl. There has been beef in the past between the two, regarding the drum tracks on The Colour and The Shape.
They fell out when Grohl laid down new drum tracks for that record and there was disagreement over proper accreditation. Goldsmith maintains that it’s him drumming on parts of ‘My Poor Brain’ as well as ‘Down in the Park’ from the album’s 10th-anniversary edition.
Now, on Facebook via CoS, the drummer implicated Grohl for hindering the release of the emo band’s fifth record. Goldsmith wrote, “Recently by way of objective ears I have been reminded of the fact that the greatest Sunny Day Real Estate record ever made remains silenced, abandoned and buried within the murkiest depths of David Grohl’s sock drawer.”
Towards the end of his post, he makes a reference to that Colour and the Shape dispute, “This is not the first time I’ve had my voice taken from me. But now This music hasn’t just been taken away from me anymore – now it’s been taken away from my children. Unforgivable.”
The interwebs then read this as a direct attack on Grohl. After Goldsmith’s former bandmate and present Foo Fighters bassist, Nate Mendel gave the succinct statement, “There is no truth to this story”, the Sunny Day Real Estate percussionist chose to clarify his statement in another Facebook post.
“For clarification purposes – Dave’s sock drawer was meant to figuratively represent studio 606. To clarify – there are many ingredients that resulted in the abandonment of LP5. Ingredients that I had to put together myself and find out later on…Anyone who claims that there is no unfinished Sunny day record collecting dust I would have to agree to disagree.”
Sunny Day Real Estate: Discogs
He then explains the list of reasons why he believes the album was “abandoned,” and admitted that he and Grohl should have sorted things out one-on-one. Perhaps the most important sentence in the lengthy post is where he retracts his statement by saying, “So no I was not meaning to claim Dave single-handedly prevented the record from being finished. He just owns the place where it was abandoned.” Oops.
Might have been a better idea to use those words instead of implying that the record was lying at the bottom of Dave Grohl’s sock drawer…eww!
Image: Sunny Day Real Estate: Discogs: Press Credit
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