The War on Drugs Share Their Side of Mark Kozelek Feud

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 10.28.14 in News

For more than a month now, the War on Drugs have taken the high road in a rather one-sided “feud” with Mark Kozelek. To recap, the cantankerous indie rocker hit a new low during the Ottawa Folk Festival when a Sun Kil Moon set overlapped with the War on Drugs and he said, “I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit … This next song is called ‘The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick’.”

He didn’t stop there, either; Kozelek actually wrote and shared a self-explanatory song called “War on Drugs: Suck My Cock.” He also had a special T-shirt made. Meanwhile, War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel avoided talking about any of this until Songs For Whoever pressed him on the matter. Here was his response:

I didn’t really have a problem with any of it until I heard the song. First of all, he never met us, and yet said all these things. He’s such a douche. I asked somebody if I could get his e-mail, because I wasn’t trying to start this stupid Twitter thing, I was just bummed. I went to a mutual friend who explained that he wouldn’t give out his e-mail address. So I just got an e-mail through this friend that said “Mark wants to come to the Fillmore, he will write a song called ‘War on Drugs Suck My Cock’, you back him up on it and he gets to play ‘Beer Commercial Guitar’, then you back him up on one of his songs, ‘Dogs’, from his new album. And then he plays ‘Beer Commercial Guitar’ on one of your songs.”

We were on tour and I thought “this is actually a pretty cool idea, I don’t have anything against this guy, this is cool”. So I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, ‘cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying “the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record.”. I was like “you’re such a fucking prick, dude”. He was such an asshole, I didn’t even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he “challenges” us to this thing, but I was like “you fucking prick, you already said ‘No’!”. He’s such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he’s just a fucking idiot. I don’t have time for idiots. I’m just pissed that he tried to make it come out like he was challenging us. I had already essentially agreed to it, and then the Starbucks comment … what the fuck, dude. Get over your fucking self.

Amen. Check out a War on Drugs feature that’s actually about their music here.