“We don’t need to say we were up against Kanye,” bassist Bob Crawford said. “Because we would be crushed like a little grape if we were up against Kanye.”
“We were crushed like a little grape,” Scott Avett said, laughing.
Brothers Scott and Seth Avett, along with Crawford, headlined the last night of Governors Ball in New York City this past Sunday (June 9), but it was hard to ignore the hip-hop superstar playing a few stages over.
“His sound bled into our sound,” Crawford said. “So it was kind of like creating a new genre.”
It’s also fair to say that their crowd was a lot smaller than Kanye’s. Not that the Avetts minded. The guys have been trying to adopt a devil-may-care kind of attitude when it comes to things like this.
“For the fans of Kanye, they’re over there watching Kanye. They’re having a good time,” Crawford said. “The people that came to see us were strong and loud and happy to be there and thrilled with it. So it worked out well for everybody.”
Seth agreed, “If your taste leans more towards [Kanye], it’s there for you. If you’re more about us, we’re there for you too. So it’s just a testament to the quality of the festival.”
The day after their headlining gig, the guys sat down with Radio.com to discuss their festival experience, their next album (which is coming this fall), their sustained working relationship with super producer Rick Rubin, and what happens when they get bored musically.