Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker dropped the gloves with Bring Me The Horizon members Matt Nicholls and Oli Sykes in a minor social dust-up over a post on Baker’s Instagram account.
The 2016 War of Arrogance took place at Spain’s thirty-band music festival “Resurrection Fest”. Having spent 20+ years in the music scene, Baker has a bit of experience, having played in bands such as Minor Threat and Dag Nasty. Sykes was born 7 years after Bad Religion was originally formed. Ironically, Bring Me The Horizon has released albums from Epitaph Records, the label started by members of Bad Religion.
Once members of Bring Me The Horizon saw the post, the battle was on.
Bring Me The Horizon Lead Singer, Oli Sykes:
You should of I could of asked you why you’ve been going before Christ and you are playing under us sorry old wrinkly bastard. P.s saw you a couple of times & you said nada. Willy Woofter
Bring Me The Horizon Drummer, Matt Nicholls:
Hahah I can’t imagine being as old as you are and still acting like a 14-year-old girl. Saw you at least 10 times and you didn’t bat an eye lid. You got bigger things to worry about nowadays anyway, like ya pension, or cold weather. Dickhead.
Yeah we are not your enemy, winter is your enemy.
Bad Religion Guitarist, Brian Baker:
It seems you’ve missed the point entirely. The issue here is entitlement. My post was a comment on your collective delusion that working local crew at a thirty band festival should be required to memorise your faces to spare you the indignity of breaking stride on the way to your backstage oasis or even worse, the humiliation of carrying credentials. Your literal display of arrogance (and the hilariously unrecognised irony within it) was what I was sharing with my followers. I honestly don’t know if your music is bad or good – it’s not for old people. I meant that you suck as humans. Sorry for the confusion.
Shortly after this exchange, Sykes and Nicholls stuck their heads back into their Pokemon Go! session. At least that’s what I pictured happening.