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Melb Band Kicked Off M83 Tour: ‘It Was Humiliating And Unfair’

News posted Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 04:00 PM.
Related: Teenage Mothers, M83.

Melbourne rock band Teenage Mothers have hit back at M83 after being unceremoniously dumped as support for their tour.

The band, who have been recording their debut album with Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos, were set to play three dates in Melbourne and Sydney with the French electro outfit. However, the tour has been cut short following an incident at the first show at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on February 2.

Guitarist Raph Brous claims the band’s management were unhappy with the antics of lead singer James “JK” Kennedy who, among other things, inhaled nitrous oxide in the form of over-the-counter bulbs during the gig. There were also reports of an on-stage fire ignited by an errant sparkler, but it was put out and the show continued.

Brous said M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez and management were made aware of Kennedy’s preference for inhalants (which he says are legal) prior to the show, but booted them off the tour during soundcheck the following afternoon.

“Thirty minutes before our set, we were suddenly kicked off the entire tour,” Brous told M+N. “Under orders from M83’s tour managers, the venue staff literally pushed us onto the street. Our guest list was cancelled and our friends were kicked out too (some of them had travelled a long way to the gig). Security guards barred us from entering the building. It cost us hundreds of dollars. It was humiliating and unfair.”

He said M83’s tour manager branded Kennedy’s conduct as “disrespectful”, while Gonzalez allegedly labeled Kennedy a “junkie”; a claim Brous flatly denies. "James Kennedy is not a heroin addict. He has never been a heroin addict. He’s a fit young man. How many junkies can do backflips off a stage?” he said. “Anthony Gonzalez makes stupid assumptions based on appearances. In his arrogant bubble, individuality is condemned as ‘disrespect’.”

Brous said attempts at a compromise were denied. “I promised that in Sydney, JK would not bring any nitrous oxide onstage. But that wasn’t enough for M83. They wanted to punish us. So M83 kicked us off the Sydney show too. They knowingly made us waste 10 airline tickets (return airfares for five people). We had been advertised on the Laneway Festival website and streetpress. A lot of people were expecting to see us.”

As for why he decided to take the incident public, Brous said he wanted to expose what he terms “abusive conduct” from M83’s tour manager and Gonzalez himself. “I truly respected Anthony Gonzalez,” he said. “M83 should have chosen a boring DJ as their support. Playing with them is our worst experience as a band.”

M83’s tour continues in Sydney on Thursday (February 9). M83's tour manager has declined to comment.

To read Brous’ full account of the incident click here. The post has been temporarily removed.


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anonymous  said about 3 years ago:

Shame Couldron powers activate!

Captain Oblivious  said about 3 years ago:

How many junkies can do backflips off a stage

Velodrone  said about 3 years ago:

What happened to their shirts?

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

Is that Fiona Horne?

Pelt and/or Holler  said about 3 years ago:


What Would Demi Moore Do?

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

What happened to their shirts?

Nitrous Oxide accident.

mrmagoo  said about 3 years ago:

didn't they start a fire at the Prince or something??

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

TacoTacoTaco  said about 3 years ago:

I can see these guys are going on to big things...

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

This is me just a second ago, by the way. I know their pain.

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

James Kennedy is the real deal. He's very active in the Riverslide movement. He recently slept in the Fitzroy Bowl for over a week. He lectures in the street on recycling old trucks. He taught himself to Godzilla Flip four years ago. He's self-educated and passionate. He got kicked off an M83 tour. So what if you haven't heard of him.

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

gabbo  said about 3 years ago:

Blacklight in m83 thread : Interesting M83 show tonight. Teenage Mothers nearly burnt the house down - literally. One of their sparklers fell into the foldback wedge and set the speaker on fire. Fortunately it was put out before the gig had to be stopped.

I'm sure it is all M83's fault. Intolerant pricks.

Velodrone  said about 3 years ago:

Wait, no shirt but gloves?

dazmurray  said about 3 years ago:

Ha, I thought you were quoting Sophia Brous for a second.

Doing nitrous while performing...what, is this dude some kind of idiot?

Coz  said about 3 years ago:

I was hitherto unaware of any correlation between drug taking and one's ability to do backflips. However, as I've never known a fat junkie, and light people fly better, I would have thought drug-takers would be able to flip easier, if anything.

Velodrone  said about 3 years ago:

gabbo said 2 seconds ago:
I'm sure it is all Teenage Mothers fault. Illiterate pricks.


electricsound  said about 3 years ago:

finding it a touch difficult to have any sympathy for them

TacoTacoTaco  said about 3 years ago:

What a flipping idiot boom tish

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

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livingincanada  said about 3 years ago:

Teenage Mothers merch stand :D


livingincanada  said about 3 years ago:

I got dibs on the lolly bags

LoadMyRig  said about 3 years ago:


kelele  said about 3 years ago:

hahha livingincanada - this should be their merch stand!

RoastOxCrisps  said about 3 years ago:

i'll take the nang, leave the hep C

livingincanada  said about 3 years ago:

the guns are for the merch girl

merch girl: ''you a M83 fan motherfucker?''

punter ''oh yeah I LOVE M83! why?''

merch girl: BLAM!

Mo  said about 3 years ago:

i wish their band name was pronounced Matey 3

GrantleyBuffalo  said about 3 years ago:


blacklight  said about 3 years ago:

Livingincanada, you are awesome.

toadphoney  said about 3 years ago:

Stop being sleazy.

livingincanada  said about 3 years ago:

Livingincanada, you are awesome

also possibly slightly unhinged


tawedog  said about 3 years ago:

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

Teenage Mothers In Legbomb Shock!


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

Don't be silly...

livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

wow perfect fit. amazing

untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

I like the little black cloth penos dangling surreptitiously out of the dress.

toadphoney  said about 2 years ago:


Maximum Sincere  said about 2 years ago:


Excellent use of internet.

Ralph Malph  said about 2 years ago:

GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:


I'll be at the NSC that night :(

GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:

Which is a real shame, coz I LUUUURVE Faker so harrrrd....

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