In an interview published Monday (January 31) in Toronto's Eye Weekly, French independent director Vincent Moon called out Arcade Fire and their management, saying they were "awful, awful people." The band members have not responded to Moon's scathing comments, but manager Scott Rodger has fired back in the comments section at Consequence of Sound.
In a message posted yesterday (February 1), Rodger claimed that Moon had stolen from the band, and then went on to criticize the director for his alleged drug habit. His full comment is below:
I'm one of the so called "not good people". Can we get the camera equipment you stole from the band returned yet? Perhaps if your drug habit could be contained you may actually be able to complete a film. We should have taken advice from our other friends who worked with you who advised us not to. But we thought it would be great. Unfortunately, we were wrong. Your move to "art films," that wouldn't by any chance be circumstantial, as no one is prepared to hire or commission you any more?
Telling the truth. It's not that hard, Vincent.
Now, can we get our equipment back?
Okay, so Rodger's comments are a little more concrete than Moon's vague potshots, which mostly consisted of unspecific criticisms like, "I have some really terrible stories with them." Still, we're not sure that making snide comment's about the director's alleged drug habit is going to make Rodger's sound like less of an "awful person."
Moon previously worked with Arcade Fire on La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows series and on the film Mirror Noir. Their collaboration included a clip of "Neon Bible" filmed in an elevator. See that below.
Thanks to AUX for the tip.