More buzz on Arcade Fire’s war of words with filmmaker Vincent Moon

Indie darlings-cum-big name band Arcade Fire have been in the news a lot lately—first with recently announced Grammy and Juno nominations and performances, and now with  an escalating spat between the band and filmmaker Vincent Moon. After collaborating with Arcade Fire on both a “Take Away Show” and a cinematic companion piece for their album Neon Bible, Moon took a few shots at Win Butler and company, saying “they’re not good people, that’s it.”

Moon’s comments also accused Arcade Fire of misrepresenting themselves as an indie instead of a mainstream band (yes, this is an accusation), criticizing both the members and their management team: “The way they deal with their business is really disgusting for me. The way they deal with things is awful. Their management are awful, awful people.” This is not the first time the band has been publicly criticized, either: in 2009, lead singer of The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone, “They have good tunes, but they’re pricks, so fuck ’em.”

Arcade Fire’s manager Scott Rodger fired back at Moon yesterday, accusing the filmmaker of both theft and drug addiction: “Dear Vincent…Can we get the camera equipment you stole from the band returned yet? Perhaps if your drug habit could be contained you may actually be able to complete a film.” Rodger continues, “We should have taken advice from our other friends who worked with you who advised us not to. But we thought it would be great. Unfortunately, we were wrong.”

• Arcade Fire’s Management Responds to Vincent Moon, Accuses Director of Theft [Exclaim]


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