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Arcade Fire Get Ripped On by Vincent Moon, Management Quickly Respond

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Vincent Moon, French filmmaker best known for working with La Blogotheque on their Take Away Shows has decided that it was time to finally insult Arcade Fire. After working with them a four years ago, he has now ripped on Arcade Fire in an interview with Eye Weekly. After being asked if he regrets his previous work now that he is not interested in Western music, he answered that when working with Arcade Fire things didn’t go as planned and responded by saying:

They’re not good people, that’s it. And I don’t mean the whole band—I mean the leaders of the band and their management. What I hate about the band now is that people call them an indie band and they’re not an indie band, they are a mainstream band. Maybe they’re on an indie label but that doesn’t mean anything. Those guys are just making things on a very big level, a very mainstream way of thinking. 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, and I know what I’m talking about. I have some really terrible stories with them.

To respond to this accusation Arcade Fire manager Scott Rodger took the the Consequence of Sound comment section and said this:

Dear Vincent,

I’m one of the so called “not good people”. 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. 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. Your move to “art films,” that wouldn’t by any chance be circumstantial, as no one is prepared to hire or commission you any more?

Telling the truth. It’s not that hard, Vincent.

Now, can we get our equipment back?



Remember when Wayne Coyne also mouthed off about how terrible they are? Either this could be two separate instances of people not liking Arcade Fire or they’re awful people (just kidding, I don’t know them at all). I wonder how long this will play out? This is a video of their collaboration below.

The Hood Internet – Sprawl of Glass (Arcade Fire Vs. Blondie Mashup) [Alt]

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  1. Ming Wu

    I’ve met Richard and Sarah when they were in Bell Orchestre and they are really nice people.
    Also met Marika who is the violinist and plays in Silver Starling.
    She is very nice.
    But I haven’t met (would want to) the other members of Arcade Fire.

    I did meet Vincent Moon at Pop Montreal, he was really nice to chat with. Since I was like kind of star-struck with his works on the Take Away Show.

  2. Jill S

    I have met Richard, Sarah and Jeremy and they were extremely nice people. I can’t speak about the other members. I know the issues people have seem to surround their manager. Personally, if I were a rock band, I would want a prick for a manager. Someone has to be an asshole.

    I see nothing wrong with making money from my art and Arcade Fire may be getting mainstream, but no more so than the Flaming Lips did. I read the Wayne statements and even he said it was more to do with the managements attitude.

  3. Long in the tooth

    No Jill, nobody actually has to be an asshole. There are plenty of successful bands out there who have management who are generally reasonable people. Keep in mind I’m not saying that everyone gets along all the time, just that the relationship between an asshole manager and success is nil.

    Further, after 25+ years of being in bands, working in live venues, and touring, I believe that bands who knowingly hire or retain asshole employees are assholes themselves. Unfortunately, they’re generally also cowards who can’t handle being held to their convictions, so they find someone else to do anything they fear might impede their popularity.

    Having said all that, I don’t know any of the parties involved in this story, so don’t necessarily take my rant as applying to Arcade Fire or their management.

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