One of the latest in a line of major label refugees, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, has posted some comments about their reasoning for leaving the label and posted some choice words about Interscope.
Frontman Conrad Keely said he was encouraged by former label–mate Trent Reznor, who announced earlier this month his multi–platinum band Nine Inch Nails would not be returning to Interscope after several years:
Ever since label head Jimmy Iovine started dating the lead singer guy of the Pussycat Dolls it became impossible to get him on the phone, so that was a first bad sign. Then their idea of marketing became keeping it a secret that we'd released a record. The industry is in a strange place these days, and the only way they can make money is to sell urban pop music. Which is what I thought we were writing, but apparently I was wrong.
At the expense of a massive debt to them of half a million dollars, they really helped us to grow. They've taught us about the worthlessness of A&R people, how to yell at idiots running an art department, and how to shake hands with smiling retailers who have no idea who you are.
Hopefully the other bands [on the label] will follow our lead. I mean, Interscope has already killed TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There aren't many bands on the roster left to ruin.
The message has since disappeared from the band's official website.