Arcade Fire rocker WIN BUTLER is baffled by rock rival Wayne Coyne's recent attack on his band, insisting the pair has only met once - and he's a huge fan.
Flaming Lips frontman Coyne lashed out at Arcade Fire in a recent Rolling Stone article, accusing the band of being "pompous" and abusing their crew.
He said, "I get really tired of their pompousness. We've played some shows with them and they really treat people like s**t.
"Whenever I've been around them, I've found that they not only treated their crew like s**t, they treated the audience like s**t.
"They treated everybody in their vicinity like s**t. I thought, 'Who do they think they are?' I don't know why people put up with it. I wouldn't put up with it."
Butler was left astonished by the outburst, and has taken to the internet to defend his group.
He writes, "Wow, I can't believe I am actually writing to defend my band's 'real' personality... The only time we have ever shared a stage with the Flaming Lips was... at a festival in Las Vegas (over three years ago).
"I was really nervous to meet (Coyne) and I felt a little weird that we were playing after them. We traded a little hello, but he was a hard guy to get a read on.
"I can't imagine a reason why we would have been pompous towards The Flaming Lips, a band we have always loved, on that particular night, all those years ago. Unless I was way more jet-lagged then I remember."