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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

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From the latest SF Weekly:

An interview with Will Butler of Arcade Fire
: One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what so-called indie rock bands are supposed to be.

It did this early on with its notoriously intense and emotionally gigantic shows, in which members eventually came to wear helmets to protect themselves from their own onstage antics. It did this with its consistent financial and public support of the cause of Haiti, the struggling Carribbean nation from which the family of member Régine Chassagne hails.

And it did this also by becoming huge itself — Grammy-winningly, culture-eclipsingly, arena-playingly huge, which brainy guitar bands from Montreal are rarely able to do, even if they want to. (There is also, of course the hugeness of Arcade Fire bandleader Win Butler, who is 6-foot-4, plays aggressive basketball, and is well aware of his cultural stature, to put it mildly.)

Ahead of Arcade Fire's show this week at Shoreline, we spoke with Win's younger brother, Will, about how the band deals with its vastness, including the massive paper heads it wears onstage during this tour for Reflektor, Arcade Fire's big, dancey, James Murphy-produced fourth LP....  [Continue Reading]


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