October 26, 2013 17:24

Arcade Fire's Will Butler: 'I thought James Murphy would be a hipster douchebag'

Former LCD Soundsystem man Murphy helped to produce the band's new album 'Reflektor'

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Arcade Fire's Will Butler has admitted that he misjudged James Murphy early on in the band's career.

Former LCD Soundsystem man Murphy helped to produce Arcade Fire's new album 'Reflektor' but initially there was a mutual suspicion between the two bands.

"I always imagined he and LCD would be kind of insufferable," Will Butler revealed during an interview with The Guardian. "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?'"

However, when the two bands actually crossed paths their initial misgivings quickly disappeared. Butler explained: "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!'"

Arcade Fire release their new album 'Reflektor' on Monday (October 28). The double LP is currently streaming online in full - click here to listen to all 13 tracks. The band, using their alias The Reflektors, are set to play a pair of shows in Glasgow on November 15 and 16 and another UK gig in Blackpool on November 27.

The 'Reflektor' tracklisting is as follows:

'Reflektor'
'We Exist'
'Flashbulb Eyes'
'Here Comes The Night Time'
'Normal Person'
'You Already Know'
'Joan Of Arc'
'Here Comes The Night Time II'
'Awful Sound (Oh Erydice)'
'It's Never Over (Oh Orpheous)'
'Porno'
'Afterlife'
'Supersymmetry'

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