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 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.