Surfer Blood vs. Grand Central Saturday Night: What Really Happened?
Those that attended the Poplife Anniversary Party at Grand Central on Saturday, read the review, or just heard about it might be a bit confused by the comment Surfer Blood
lead singer J.P. Pitts guitarist Thomas Fekete made mid-set. "Awesome venue, too bad it's run by a bunch of dicks," he said, before launching into another song. "We will never play here again."
Yesterday, the band Tweeted "their side of the story" and mentioned:
As might be expected, Poplife wasn't too happy with the sudden negativity. One of the brand's founders, Barbara Basti, says, "The band was treated with hospitality and respect, nothing less. If they (the band members) choose to behave otherwise, it has no reflection upon the venue or the event."
"I was there and confirm the security was being SO disrespectful. I work for a local college radio station and I went outside to get the drop from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I held open the door so I could get back in and was holding it with my shoe but a security gaurd yanked the door back closed with my foot still holding the door. My leg got fucked up and when I tried to keep the door open I was just like, 'I'm with one of the band members right now, I need to get back in!' The security guy was not having it and responded, 'It doesn't matter.' Kip from Pains was really sweet and told me to follow him through the artist/back entrance. The security was just vicious, though. Needlessly so. Sorry this happened to you guys. Miami still loves you."
Update: Thomas Fekete says, through a series of Twitter updates today:
"I (Thomas) made the comments on stage at Poplife, not JP. Sincere apology to Poplife (who is indeed paying us) and fans, never thought this would turn into an episode of Gossip Girl. While we will still never take part in anything like this again, everything has been resolved and we wish Barbra the best with all of her future endeavors."