October 30, 2013 16:02

Arcade Fire dub themselves the 'black sheep' of the music industry

Win Butler compares his band to The Cure and Nirvana in new interview with NME

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Arcade Fire have compared themselves to Nirvana and The Cure, saying they feel like the "black sheep" of the music industry.

Speaking to NME in a new interview in this week's issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, frontman Win Butler recalls watching a Nirvana performance at an awards ceremony as a child and then going back more recently and seeing it as an adult.

Discussing the things he picked up on his most recent viewing of the footage, Butler says: "I remember watching Nirvana play the MTV VMAs when I was a kid and thinking that they were on top of the world. But I saw it again recently and the rest of the line up is, like, Guns N' Roses - Nirvana are the only weirdos on that whole bill, and even at the height of their power, they wanted to play 'Rape Me' and they weren't allowed to. They were still getting shit, they were still the freaks at the party."

Comparing the lack of a clear place in the world of music to his own band, Butler carries on: "In a weird way, our band feels in a similar position to a band like The Cure before alternative music really happened. We're the weird band in this more mainstream context, a little bit of the black sheep, you know?"

Arcade Fire released their new album 'Reflektor' earlier this week (October 28). The tracklisting for the album 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 Eurydice)'
'It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)'
'Porno'
'Afterlife'
'Supersymmetry'



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