U2 have been criticized quite a bit for infecting 500 million iTunes accounts with their new album, Songs Of Innocence. The album was so rejected by listeners that Apple eventually created a way for everyone to remove it from their iTunes. Now, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has offered his opinion on U2gate.

According to Consequence Of Sound, Hawkins told theMusic.com.au what he thought of the band’s distribution model:

“I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea. 'Here's the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!' And they thought, probably, 'Well that's pretty awesome!' but they didn't really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, '[In menacing voice] You have the new U2 record'… You couldn't get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that's horrible. I liked all the YouTube footage of all the crap: 'What the fuck is this shit doin' on my phone, dog? Get this shit off my phone, dog!'”

He then talked about his own experience listening to the album and said it sounded “like a fart.”

“What happened to U2, man? I don't think people are that hyped on them,” he said. “I don't know that any of that new album has anything great on it. I listened to it once, but it's so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.”

The Foos released their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, today, November 10, via Roswell Records (Dave Grohl’s RCA imprint). Watch their video for “The Feast And The Famine” below: