Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis took a thinly-veiled stab at fellow UK indie rock arbiters Arctic Monkeys when the singer took the stage at the Q Awards to accept the award for Best Live Act. During his speech, Philippakis hit out at “Elvis impersonators” and bands who use backing tracks.
In the same year that saw Foals ascend to new heights, headlining Latitude Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as making highly-lauded appearances at Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury festivals, the Arctics took to wearing leather jackets and Elvis-style pompadours.
Their new rockabilly image hasn’t impressed Philippakis however, whose band nabbed the Best Live Act award from the Arctics, Muse, Mumford & Sons and newly reformed legends, The Stone Roses. Said the frontman:
“It shows you don’t need a backing track, you don’t need affectation, you don’t need Elvis Presley impersonations.”
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig also had some choice words for his peers, reports Gigwise. Picking up the award for Best Act in the World, the frontman joked:
“Are we really the best band in the world today? We did a battle of the bands once and came third. But now we’re the best. So thank-you Q. And to the two bands who beat us in 2006? Go fuck yourselves.”
Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil simply said, “As always, thank fuck David Bowie isn’t here.” A number of acts echoed Neil’s sentiments, most of whom were coincidentally pitted against the legend in their respective categories.
Gallery: Foals – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 29/09/2013