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Gonzalez Hits Back At Claims M83 Are “A Fundamentalist Cult”

Written by Lisa Morrison on February 14, 2012

Last week we reported about the antics and ensuing drama between Teenage Mothers and M83.

M83 frontman, Anthony Gonzalez, has responded to Teenage Mothers guitarist, Raph Brous, calling the group “a fundamentalist cult that requires abstinence from fun”.

Brous’ comments were made in an interview with Mess+Noise and in a post on Facebook, following Teenage Mothers being kicked off their remaining Australian tour dates opening for M83 at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival sideshows for “disrespectful” behaviour that involved their lead singer James Kennedy inhaling nitrous oxide onstage.

Brous labelled M83 “the meanest band in the galaxy” for this “vindictive” decision, which allegedly involved Gonzalez saying that Kennedy “looks like a junkie”.

Brous also claims he forewarned  M83 “about our lead singer’s unusual behaviour, including his fondness for soda bulbs” and that Gonzalez is a “hypocrite” because he allegedly requested Kennedy “hook up marijuana and other drugs for the members of M83.”

Gonzalez told triple j’s The Doctor in an interview yesterday, “It’s not that I’m against punk and rock and roll, I love that.”

“I didn’t really like the way he behaved in front of my audience – offering whippets on stage and almost setting the stage on fire. You don’t do that when you open for bands. I had tonnes of respect for all the bands I was opening for and I just wish the bands opening for me would have the same respect.”

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