Published Mar 05, 2010Last week, some trouble arose between experimental art-pop outfit Gang Gang Dance and quirky Florence and the Machine front-woman Florence Welch after fans alerted members of GGD that traces of their song "House Jam" were prevalent in the Florence track "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)." The group were understandably a little irked and contacted Welch, who quickly acknowledged the similarity and claimed that the track was meant an an homage to the band, of whom she is a "massive fan." She also agreed to compensate the band financially.
Now, as BBC 6 Music reports, Gang Gang Dance are finally commenting on the matter.
Talking to the station, GGD's Liz Bougatsos said, "If she would have mentioned it in the beginning, in the press, which we never saw, that would have definitely made a difference, and if she was speaking of an homage at that point, that would have helped as well.
"I don't really have a problem with people wearing their influences on their sleeve. As an entertainer that's probably a just way to serve the people that listen to your music. If we heard her admit it in the press it would probably have made a difference and not made us feel bad about it."
But in the wake of the speedy apology and acknowledgement on Welch's part, the band are, according to Bougatsos, "happy now for sure," adding, "I believe that we'll receive some sort of monetary compensation for the similarities in the song and the actual lyrics and style, and I think Florence is happy to do that and that's fine, that feels pretty good."