MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn recently expressed pride for the tremendous success of their 2016 standalone single, “Is There Anybody Out There?“, which has become their most streamed song on Spotify.
Despite not featuring on an album release, the success of the track achieved is seen as a massive accomplishment and nothing short of remarkable, but Robb Flynn thinks that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a song that is universally popular with Machine Head fans and it’s more to do with the algorithms of Spotify.
Speaking with with Brazilian journalist Gustavo Maiato, Flynn said: (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
I’m super proud of that. It’s a massive accomplishment. It’s kind of crazy, really, ’cause it’s not even on an album. It’s a standalone [single], which makes it even crazier.
I think it just came at the right time, I think the world was kind of going through a bunch of crazy shit, and I think that that song just tapped into something.
I think a lot of songs have more to do with algorithms on Spotify. Like if you go to THE BEATLES’ Top 10 [songs on Spotify], the number one song for THE BEATLES is ‘Here Comes The Sun’. And I was, like, ‘Here Comes The Sun’? It’s fucking George Harrison singing, and I’m, like, ‘What the fuck? That’s not my BEATLES.’ But somehow the algorithm made that be the number one thing. I think it’s got a lot to do with playlists.
I love Spotify and I listen to Spotify a lot, but I don’t think it’s a very true representation of what MACHINE HEAD’s fanbase really listens to? Like, there’s not a single song from ‘The Blackening’ on there [laughs] in the Top 10. I’m, like, ‘Look, Spotify algorithm, that’s not even fucking correct.
We spoke to Robb Flynn earlier this year about the new album Of Kingdom and Crown, speaking about the album Flynn stated:
With this record, I had the time to write a concept, previously I’d never had time due to tours and deadlines. The biggest challenge of writing a concept was I had to feel a connection to it, when I originally started writing Of Kingdom and Crown, it was very much good guy v bad guy, good guy wins, a very American story ark.
It read well and was very poetic but I just felt like I was reading words off a page and then somewhere over the pandemic, my two teenagers re-connected me to anime which opened up a whole new world of imagination for the album and everything went from there.
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