Arcade Fire's William Butler: 'I Thought James Murphy Would Be a Hipster Douchebag'

artist: Arcade Fire date: 10/28/2013 category: upcoming releases

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Arcade Fire's William Butler: 'I Thought James Murphy Would Be a Hipster Douchebag'
William Butler of Arcade Fire recently discussed working with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy on the band's latest effort "Reflektor." Butler confessed being overtly skeptic about the production collaboration, expecting Murphy to be "insufferable." "And he actually said the same about us - that people were talking so much about Arcade Fire before he had heard or seen us that he was like: 'Oh goddamnit ... why are these stupid bands doing stuff with xylophone?'" multi-instrumentalist told the Guardian. "And then he saw us and thought: 'Wait, that's Arcade Fire?' And I did the same: 'Wait, that's the guy that I thought would be this hipster douchebag that I wanted to punch in the face and the balls at the same time? Great!'" Will also discussed the band's goals and sound in general, pointing out the importance of not being conventional and getting listeners out of their comfort zones. "I think a lot of art and a lot of the stuff we make, we get people out of their comfort zones by being extremely confrontational," he explained. "And it's great that art's really confrontational, but there's something to be said about lifting people out of the day-to-day, that makes them excited about dancing instead of just feeling horrible about the government. But it's also valuable to feel horrible about the government." As the band's fourth studio effort, "Reflektor" officially dropped today (October 28) and was previously streamed in full on YouTube.
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