LOL okay okay, wow.
You can take your theory and shove it somewhere; I was a music major for a year, current music minor, studied piano since I was 8, and have played saxophone for 12 years on top of taking several classes on theory. I know a little bit about theory and I know what’s complex and what’s not.
I don’t know what post you’re referring to where I said Creed or Nickelback’s music was complex - I haven’t even written about them in a long time and I don’t remember having ever said that. But let me start here: Complexity does not equal good. And on that note, simplicity does NOT equal bad. If you’re going to bash them based on complexity, why don’t you go ahead and throw in EVERY OTHER ARTIST ON THE RADIO. I don’t know what you listen to - math rock? If you’re gonna say ‘least theoretically complex of any music in the musical spectrum” at least include every other I-IV-V-I and 4/4, 6/8 verse-chorus-verse-chorus group on the market (hello Beatles, AC/DC, Nirvana, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, One Direction, John Mellencamp). The bands are both good songwriters and are successful for a reason. They’re good at what they do. They’re energetic live. They write music that moves people REGARDLESS OF COMPLEXITY. And hold your fuckin’ horses before you say that Mark Tremonti from Creed writes easy riffs.
I don’t know what your definition of complex is - unusual chord progressions or atonal shit or complex time signatures - whatever it is, that’s great, but don’t go assuming I don’t know my shit because I like Nickelback or Creed. I’m not gonna say they’re the most musically talented bunch in the world, cause they’re not, but the fact that people jump mindlessly on the “LOL NICKELBACK SUCKS/EVEN GOD HATES CREED” boat is so irritatingly stupid because they obviously don’t understand the music business the way the guys in those bands do.
Complexity and technicality doesn’t sell records. Charisma, dedication and catchy hooks does. At least respect the bands for what they are: household names and multi-platinum successes.