Do they still love you? Probably not, Ryan Adams.
The popular indie artist is taking shots at longtime friends like The Strokes, Har Mar Superstar, and now Father John Misty. Earlier this month, BTRtoday reported on the Twitter war between Adams and The Strokes, with The Strokes’ comebacks coming mostly from their fandom.
It all (publically) began with a confession from The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas in the book Meet Me In The Bathroom, an oral history documenting the rock scene in NYC during the early 2000s. He blamed Adams for Albert Hammond Jr.’s heroin addiction. The addiction significantly attributed to the band’s eventual hiatus.
Though Adams denied Casablancas’ accusations, saying they’d eventually see the error of their ways, he’s not helping his case. In fact, it seems more like he’s burning bridges with all his original friends from his beginnings in NYC.
After Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, told Adams to “chill” via twitter, Har Mar posted a screenshot of a text conversation with Adams on Instagram. Har Mar reached out to Adams with support and love. He said he wanted to put everything behind them and be “pinball buddies.” Adam’s response was vicious and showed a poor command of how to spell :deluded: “if you think I’m jealous of someone who’s sold 20k records, you’re diluted.”
Har Mar reached out after seeing Adams tweeting insults to fellow indie music friend Joshua Tillman, aka Father John Misty (FJM). Adams tweeted said things like, “it’s so wonderful you booked the most self-important asshole on Earth to ‘break it all down for us’ while he does his Nick Cave impression” and “FJM. He sounds like shit Elton John, but if he was just sitting in a corner staring at his hands on LSD.” With several other tweets that referred to FJM as “Elton Josh” and “Sir Fuckhead.”
The tweets have since been removed and replaced with apology tweets from Adams, but the damage is done. FJM responded with a tongue-in-cheek video trolling Adams’ slurs, saying that Adams called him “the most important asshole on earth.”
Now that Adams has burned the bridges with The Strokes, Har Mar Superstar and Father John Misty, the question remains: who’s next?