October 25, 2013 6:00am PT by Kevin Rutherford, Billboard
Guided By Voices Vs. Ex-Drummer: Nobody 'Gave a Shit Who Was Behind That Kit'
What started as an indie rock drummer selling his set on eBay has definitely turned ugly.
Former Guided by Voices drummer Kevin Fennell posted an auction for his drumset last week, though no one was able to meet the $55,000 starting bid, and bidding closed Thursday morning without a single interested party.
His band took offense to that, posting on its Facebook page that it had "nothing to do" with the posting, and that Fennell was "no longer in the band."
Now, the auction's Facebook page -- which no longer exists -- has shared an email correspondence between Fennell and Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard. In the exchange, posted by Pitchfork, Fennell claims he resigned from the band, while Pollard maintains he was fired.
"You have made a fool of yourself by your asking price," Pollard wrote. "Most people would like to know who the fuck you think you are and who you think Guided By Voices is that you can warrant that kind of asking price for your fucking drums."
Pollard also took Fennell to task on using the band's name in the auction, saying that he had "to ask permission to to use the name Guided By Voices as I own it."
"You're an amateur, you play too fast (which is the sign of an amateur). I've asked you to slow down and get behind the music but I can tell that you don't know what I'm even talking about," Pollard apparently wrote as well. "Do not delude yourself, Kevin, that people gave a shit who was behind that drum kit,"
As noted, the Facebook page for the auction is no longer active. Meanwhile, the page for the Dayton, Ohio rock band has not made a comment on the matter since the original message stating that it was not involved with the auction.
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