Win Butler has accused Coldplay’s Chris Martin of ripping off Arcade Fire’s fashion sense and vibe.
Whispers of a rift between the two bands started in 2008, when Coldplay wore matching pseudo-military outfits while promoting their album Viva La Vida. When Coldplay also debuted their new, more orchestral sound, Butler is said to have claimed that Coldplay were “psychic vampires” who had run out of ideas. Rumors swirled that he refused to put the Coldplay singer on the guest list for Arcade Fire’s L.A. shows. Although it’s true that Martin was seen leaving an Arcade Fire show at L.A.’s Forum while wearing a sad expression, there is no evidence that—as several websites have reported—he snuck backstage and got into an argument with Butler, during which the singers tore off each others’ epaulets and whimsical military patches.