Bright Eyes is one of those bands I never got into. I always thought Conor Oberst had a mediocre voice at best and could never quite figure out what all the fuss was about. Now there was the exception of Commander Venus with dudes from Cursive and The Faint, but I digress. Conor put the nails in his coffin with me when at my parents house yesterday I read their issue of Texas Monthly and the Bum Steer Awards. It’s kind of like faux awards the magazine gives out to people like Jessica Simpson for thinking tuna is chicken and to the city of San Marcos who’s zip is 78666 for trying to change it for fear of demonic possession. Anyway Conor got one for something he said on stage at a concert in Fort Worth this past year:
“I don’t know if you know this, but I hate your (expletive) state. I’d put an (expletive) gun to my head before I’d live in your state.”
I for one won’t be buying his records and Saddle Creek should put him on a tighter leash. Texans have an insane amount of pride about their state. Maybe it is the whole we wanted to be our own country and the Alamo thing. It does not seem like a super wise move to go to a state, play a concert and tell the crowd that you would rather off yourself than live where they all call home. I don’t care if he said it about Texas, Wyoming or New York. Don’t assume because the president is from Texas that we all share his beliefs and values. I am assuming that was his half baked rationale with that statement. If you hate Texas so bad then I hope I never hear about you playing to sold out crowds in Austin, one of the most liberal cities in the country. Don’t come back for SXSW, Texas does not want you. Next time ACL calls you better remember the state the festival is in.
Connor can stay in Nebraska and feel sorry for himself, we don’t want his whiney ass here anyway.
See I told you there was a weird state pride thing.