While today both young men can speak to the accusations of nepotism and Slipknot comparisons with a sense of confidence, this hasn’t always been the case. In an interview in 2021, Griff revealed that after reading a deluge of online comments he went into the bathroom and immediately started crying. Raise this to the singer today and he seems almost embarrassed, and admits that he doesn’t let the words of strangers get under his skin anymore.
“Ever since last tour, and even beforehand, I kind of just shut off,” he explains. “I thought, ‘Either I need to accept this or I’m not going to get anywhere.’ If I just sit and dwell on this one fact that my dad’s my dad, it’s not only gonna give me a different worldview over the years, it’s just going to make me a bitter and more difficult person to work with. I just need to accept it.
“Yeah, I’m a lot like my dad – but I’m a lot like my mom, too. I can also be myself and pick the positives from both sides. All I’ve been trying to do now is create my own character, create my own personality, and try to be nice to people at least. I don’t need to be a dick 100 per cent of the time, I can be just a nerd, and that’s all I wanna be right now.”
“It’s crazy to me that people are like, ‘Of course they got into music.’ Yeah, of course I did, you think I’m going to waste my talent?” bristles Simon. “If I’m born with something and I’m able to do it, I’m going to fucking do it.”
“It was the opposite for me,” adds Griff. “People were like, ‘So are you gonna get into music just like your dad?’ I didn’t even know if I wanted to be a musician as a kid. I wanted to be a florist, a video game designer and a police officer, and I think at least two of those things are still on the table (laughs).”