Adam Levine, Member Of Band Maroon 5, Declares “There’s No Bands Anymore”

"They’re a dying breed...I wish there could be more of those around."

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, the man responsible for some of the most gangrenous songs in pop history and arguably the most cringe Super Bowl performance ever, has today bemoaned the apparent lack of real bands in modern music.

As reported by Stereogum, Levine appeared on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music Radio show to chat through the group’s latest single ‘Beautiful Mistakes’, which features Megan Thee Stallion. During the course of the chat, he sadly declared that today’s bands just don’t do it for him anymore, and the present pop landscape has nothing on that well-known golden age of bands: the early 2000s.

“You look back at that stuff and, it’s funny, I’ve been showing my kid music videos, my little girl,” Levine told Lowe. “And it’s funny how you go back and re-watch like these old videos, and listen to these old songs, and I’ve been playing her a lot of Avril Lavigne records. Like, dude, ‘I’m With You’ is like — it’s, yeah, that gives you tears.

“It’s crazy, because you don’t remember it in the same way, because you took it for granted, because it was like when you were growing up, and it was just part of what you had on the radio. But there’s some really great songs that I didn’t understand how good they were back then.”

Perhaps Levine is right on this count — ‘I’m With You’ is an excellent song, as was Avril’s entire debut album. But instead of stopping right there, the singer throws himself bodily off the cliff:

“It’s funny, when the first Maroon 5 album came out there were still other bands. I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know?” he continued. “That’s the thing that makes me kind of sad, is that there were just bands. There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. And so I kind of, in a weird way, as far as… I mean, there still are plenty of bands, and maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”

There’s quite a lot to unpack here — aside from it being hilariously, incredibly untrue, it’s also quite a strange statement from a man who fronts a “band” that has had a head-spinning number of members over the years, almost as if they aren’t really a band at all and it serves just a vehicle for Levine. As Consequence of Sound points out, there’s an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to pinpointing exactly who the hell is in Maroon 5.

So, as day follows night, Levine was quickly fired into the sun:

A special shout out needs to be given to this headline:

Mr. Tummy Tattoo indeed.