Updated 4/13, 2:27pm: Initially, we thought that Eddie Trunk assumed Archie’s calling out of lip-syncing accusers was an apology to him. But as Trunk has informed us on Twitter, Archie did apologize for calling him names on his Instagram, as per the picture below. We have left our original post below as a testament to this misunderstanding on our part.
This weekend, we reported that metal radio personality Eddie Trunk had called out Finnish rockers Santa Cruz for apparently using a backing track during their live show, which Trunk argued is epidemic in rock right now (we also pointed out that he made no mention of his pal Chris Jericho, who only recently said that “everybody” uses backing tracks, and that “it doesn’t make you any less of a band”). Now, Santa Cruz frontman Archie Cruz has taken to social media and told accusers to “piss off and shut the fuck up.”
For those who don’t remember, here is the claim Eddie Trunk made with Santa Cruz’s performance of their track “Under The Gun” as its centerpiece:
“This is beyond words … everyone I guess just okay with this?! As I’ve said and have been saying this has become an epidemic that needs to stop . So bad it’s to the point this band doesn’t event attempt to fake their lip synching.. stunning. Imagine paying to see a band you love ‘live’ and it’s anything but. What’s the point? Imagine you are a band that puts the work in to be live, and others don’t, play to a computer , and fans talk about how great they sound.. pathetic. It’s the norm in pop, it’s gotta stop in rock. Bands, fans and promoters have to care that a live rock show is live or it will only get worse. Madness.”
Now, Archie has posted a video to his Instagram in which he defends the band’s live performance, saying (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“This is my vocal. This is what I do live. That’s my track. That’s 100 percent live. And what we had in the P.A. was an octave-lower harmony and an octave-higher harmony to back that shit up…So, please do not talk about something you don’t know anything about or do not accuse us of doing something that’s not true. So, piss off and shut the fuck up.”
The weirdest part, however, is that Eddie Trunk took this to be an apology to him, saying:
As I said during my show yesterday this issue is way beyond just @SantaCruzBand . I actually like the band & had Archie on once. I appreciate the apology but I personally will always believe live rock should be live. And a TON of bands do NOT play to tracks.
…dude, that ain’t an apology. This dude just told you to zip it. It’s sort of the opposite of an apology.
Check out the video from Archie below:
As I said during my show yesterday this issue is way beyond just @SantaCruzBand . I actually like the band & had Archie on once. I appreciate the apology but I personally will always believe live rock should be live. And a TON of bands do NOT play to tracks. https://t.co/X40ZMv6rV7— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) April 13, 2022