Turns out Blink-182 is the most occult band in modern music. Sorry, Behemoth.
In a new interview with NME, current Blink guitarist and Alkaline Trio founder Matt Skiba took some credit for the recent, high-profile collapse of the Fyre Festival back in April. You might remember the whole Fyre Festival debacle from when images and testimonials from the Ja Rule and (now-arrested NYC entrepreneur and fraudster) Billy McFarland-backed ultra-lux festival made the rounds, and made Lord of the Flies look like a Sandals in the process.
Just how was Skiba responsible for the massive failure of organization and logistics that doomed a crass, thousand-dollar-a-ticket luxury festival for the bored children of the idle rich? Well, according to him, he caused it through the use of black magic: “I had a bad feeling about that event,” Skiba told NME. “I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
Whether or not witchcraft had a hand in dismantling Fyre, Skiba did also issue some objectively correct condemnations against Caribbean Clusterfuck 2K17 elsewhere in the interview. “It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts,” Skiba said of the festival, which Blink-182 were scheduled to headline before pulling out at the last second.
“We pulled out for technical and logistical issues and the rest of it crumbled to shit because that’s what it was. It was bullshit. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other,” Skiba continued. “I didn’t want a bunch of people to be marooned on bullshit island… I put all my energy into it not happening because for all the tea in China I didn’t want to be a part of something like that.”
Sure, Alkaline Trio were one of the spookier bands in pop punk, but we never knew he had it in him.