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M83’s Gonzalez On Teenage Mothers: ‘They Crossed The Line’

News posted Monday, February 13 2012 at 04:00 PM.
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M83’s Gonzalez On Teenage Mothers: ‘They Crossed The Line’

M83’s Anthony Gonzalez has branded Melbourne punk band Teenage Mothers unprofessional in an interview with triple j.

Speaking to the Doctor earlier this afternoon, Gonzalez confirmed reports that Teenage Mothers were booted off the tour following an incident at Melbourne’s Prince bandroom, where singer James “JK” Kennedy inhaled and offered nitrous oxide to the audience, and allegedly sparked a minor fire.

While the band have never denied the use of nitrous oxide, guitarist Raph Brous told M+N last week that Gonzalez and his management were made aware of Kennedy’s antics in advance. Moreover, he described the stage fire as “an accident”, claiming there was no damage to any equipment from a “fragment of sparkler [that] accidentally flew into some speaker foam”.

But in an interview with the Doctor, Gonzalez described both incidents as disrespectful.

“It’s hard for me to talk about it,” Gonzalez said of the incident. “I didn’t like the way they behaved to my audience, offering whippets on stage and almost setting the stage on fire. You don’t do that when you open for bands. I have tonnes of respect for all the bands I was opening for. I just wish the band that opens for me have the same amount of respect.”

He said that while he’s “not against punk or rock’n’roll”, he didn’t want to be associated with huffing nangs at what is indeed an important time for him. “This is my career that we’re talking about, and I want to make sure things are under control – and it wasn’t.”

Gonzalez said Teenage Mothers were handpicked as supports after he met Brous a few years ago. “He’s the guy I really like. [They] just crossed the line on this gig. I’m not the only one who makes the decision. My crew was against having them for the next gig. It’s just not professional.”

Gonzalez also spoke about the “power issues” that caused his set at Brisbane’s Laneway to be delayed by 15 minutes, and how he wanted to marry Bridezilla’s Millie Hall, who played sax on the band’s tour. “She’s cute and nice and genuine and smart," he said.

Read Brous’ full account of the incident – titled “Touring with M83, the meanest band in the galaxy” – here.

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NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

500 comments by midnight


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:

Whippet bad?


electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

would this be a very important line, perchance?


Actionralf  said about 2 years ago:

2


Actionralf  said about 2 years ago:

DAMNIT


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:


flukazoid  said about 2 years ago:

Wait, JonBonJovial = McDougall?


flukazoid  said about 2 years ago:

GB WHY U GOTTA GO B WINNING ALL THA TIME


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

tones of respect
tones of respect
tones of respect
tones of respect
tones of respect

this is my career we're talking about


mipearson  said about 2 years ago:

Y U NO LIKE WHIPPETS


bellend  said about 2 years ago:

Offering whippets onstage?


happycow  said about 2 years ago:

“Touring with M83, the blandest band in the galaxy”


rosevich  said about 2 years ago:

FUCK UP SOOKS


MarsAudiac  said about 2 years ago:

JK is the singer from Jamiroquai too. He could travel without moving and this JK can do backflips. The JKs of the music industry possess unique physical talents.


woolfat  said about 2 years ago:

waiting for a parroty thread calling ''it's hard for me to talk about''


woolfat  said about 2 years ago:

wow, could i have messed that up any more? jesus. back to bed.


Maximum Sincere  said about 2 years ago:

This guy is so nice and inoffensive I don't even.


bungle  said about 2 years ago:

Sounds like Gonzalez intends to make a teenage mother out of the chick from Bridezilla.


woolfat  said about 2 years ago:

dind ding ding


marchinginthestreet  said about 2 years ago:

hahahaha what a baby.


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

I bet he's really fucking selfish in bed.


wondermint  said about 2 years ago:

''M83’s Anthony Gonzalez has branded Melbourne punk band Teenage Mothers unprofessional in an interview with triple j.''

Since when were punk bands supposed to be 'professional'?


hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

Since when were punk bands supposed to be 'professional'?

I don't think a band who composed a 1000-word ''press release'' on why they were kicked off a tour could ever be accused of being ''punk''


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

I don't think a band who composed a 1000-word ''press release'' on why they were kicked off a tour could ever be accused of being ''punk''

^^^^^^^^^^


Davel  said about 2 years ago:

Pig's ring. Punk music has often been pioneered by art students who understand the roots of punk come from Dada, surrealism, international situationists etc. Strangely, art students have been known to read and write. M83 are the antithesis of rock and to be kicked off their stage is a champion effort.


mud  said about 2 years ago:

his set at Brisbane’s Laneway to be delayed by 15 minutes

It was actually 50 minutes, of my very important time.


hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

Pig's ring. Punk music has often been pioneered by art students who understand the roots of punk come from Dada, surrealism, international situationists etc. Strangely, art students have been known to read and write. M83 are the antithesis of rock and to be kicked off their stage is a champion effort.

It has nothing to do with intelligence or being booted off a show and everything to do with having an unsolicited sook about nothing important to seek attention. If you see any pioneering activity going on in this dross, well, I guess I'm just not punk enough to understand.


Coz  said about 2 years ago:

“Touring with M83, the blandest band in the galaxy”

Agreed. I'm at a loss as to why they're the ''it'' band of the moment.


astrousersasmind  said about 2 years ago:

Yeah, I find it weird too. Three great almost entirely instrumental and really atmospheric and interesting albums, an equally good recent one and suddenly the riff from Midnight City sends a festival of 15000 into the stratosphere. I'd never have picked it. Speaking of 'it' bands when are Royal Headache back?


pfinger18  said about 2 years ago:

His face in that photo is funny. Is he trying on a bit of Blue Steel? Or is he wiping his bare arse on the tree? Or is he angry with the sun?


HEB  said about 2 years ago:

This was obviously a case of ''Whippet? Bad!''


SkunkFizz  said about 2 years ago:

teenage mothers is another bland band consisting of melbournians doing there best to mirror some kind of bad seeds thing.... without any depth or real passion... the sound of self-conscious, self-righteous 20-somethings..... that idiot claimed their originality is pronounced by some attention seeking brats ability ''huff nangs'' & dance around with a sparkler. .... boring chord progressions, boring musicianship, & then whinge whinge fuckin' whinge..... Teenage mothers epitomize what is wrong with the melbourne scene.... & all you mess&noisers are wasting too much of your time on here, LOSERS!


Maximum Sincere  said about 2 years ago:

I liked the part about ''boring musicianship''.


SkunkFizz  said about 2 years ago:

lack of rather.... apologies


Maximum Sincere  said about 2 years ago:

No problemo. Hey I don't think they're setting the world on fire. Kind of dug the song though.


Davel  said about 2 years ago:

You know dude, in this country we speak a language.


SkunkFizz  said about 2 years ago:

they ain't setting the world on fire.... just fold back speakers!!


Prince-Amphibian  said about 2 years ago:

Hey, Skunk. you are right. Australians are talented musicians, but mostly follow the trends in other countries, I have noticed.


crackwhore  said about 2 years ago:

yep, the scene in M-Town just aint what it used to be.......sigh !


SkunkFizz  said about 2 years ago:

still heaps of good stuff crackwhore. My post was only so vehement because it doesn't seem right to praise a band for behaving in such a dumb ass way.


anok  said about 2 years ago:

cross the lime.


livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

oh hello..

''he wanted to marry Bridezilla’s Millie Hall, who played sax on the band’s tour. “She’s cute and nice and genuine and smart but I could see she had the hots for Raph so I kicked him off my tour''

fixed


ptbarnum  said about 2 years ago:

I don't know why they're even covering this story at all. The Australian band should have had some austerity and shut up about the whole thing. But some skater fairies have been dropping the word ''nang'' like it's going out of fashion and saying they are ''hurt and humiliated''? Now these electro goofs have got on the whinge line too. This is turning into one giant pussy contest and I haven't seen clitorii this big since I fucked a Ukrainian shot-putter.


grogblog  said about 2 years ago:

Get Random.


hearsall  said about 2 years ago:

so i think its fair to say that nobody did a good job with this issue..

TMs were disorganised, disrespectful and dubious with their onstage antics and if i was in M83's and the venues postition i also would have kicked them off the show.. however i would not have waited til 20 minutes before they were due to play to tell them this.

everything that went down and caused issues happened on the first night, yet nothing was said of it.. there was no cautions, no questions, nothing. if you have a problem with something, speak up,it is generally very easily rectified. it was more rude and unprofessional of M83 to kick them off when they did, had it been the night before i think TM's would have copped it sweet.

Jokes were made before about the band losing hundreds of dollars, and only getting paid peanuts. Damn right they lost hundreds of dollars, let alone the airfares. Have you all forgotten to notice that when a band plays a gig they are not able to work, thats 5 people who have had to take a night off work (minus a dole bludger or two) and ontop of that they would have had rehearsal studio costs, gear hire costs and engineer costs. It costs a lot of money to put on a gig like this and if i was told after i had come in, sounchecked, gone for dinner and then come back to play a show that i was being kicked off i would be pretty damn pissed too.

Im not defending TMs here, they behaved as they did and got what they deserved, i just think they have a right to be pissed considering nearly 24 hours had passed and M83 had said and done SFA about it. Hopefully all parties learn from this.


blacklight  said about 2 years ago:

Those comments about a 'press release' are totally wrong.

There was no 'press release'. Last week, Raph (guitarist from Teenage Mothers) wrote a story on the Teenage Mothers blog. He described why M83 suddenly kicked Teenage Mothers off the whole tour.

After the blog was online, Mess and Noise covered the story. Then the story got picked up by the other popular music websites and Triple J.

Teenage Mothers have not spoken to a single journalist about this story (except for Darren from Mess and Noise). There was no 'press release'. You can ask around yourself.

Teenage Mothers are very surprised at the amount of attention this feud has received. They never expected it. They wanted to play the whole tour with M83.


Block  said about 2 years ago:

Why are you talking in the third person, Raph?

Sorry- I mean: Blacklight, can you ask Raph why he is talking in the third person, please.


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

Split personality


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:

He's trying to distance himself from the whole kerfuffle.

Understandably so.


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

Maybe taking a leaf out of Set Sail's booking strategy?


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:

Set Sail have a strategy??


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

....talking in the 3rd person when booking the band. Makes them seem more important. MUST TheBastard explain EVERYTHING to GrantleyBuffalo?


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:

Yes.

PLEASE.


CraigExpectations  said about 2 years ago:

Everybody involved in this so-called news story should be embarrassed. Think about any band or musician you admire (truly admire). Would they involve themselves with such pettiness? And this website should jump the fuck off it, too. This is primary school shit.


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

TheBastard has no life, and only has this website to entertain themselves. Give TB and some of the othe chats here a break huh??


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

Also I don't think TB thinks this is news so much as LOLZ


CraigExpectations  said about 2 years ago:

Saying ''lolz'' is primary school shit, too.


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

TB is a mature and grown up individual. TB flossed last night. That is what adults do right?


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