Murphy, who is helping to produce the as-yet-untitled record, told the Daily Star: “The album is going great. I’m too in the middle of it to know which way it will go in the end. But it’s going to be a fantastic record.”
In an interview with MusicWeek late last year (2012), the band’s manager Scott Rodger confirmed that Arcade Fire were going into the studio with Murphy to work on the follow-up to 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’. He said at the time: “They’re in with James Murphy on three or so songs, plus Markus Dravs who is a long-time collaborator. They write too many songs – that’s a good problem to have. There’s around 35 songs with Arcade Fire, two albums’-worth for sure.”
Now Murphy (pictured right) has clarified his role on the album. “They are so good they could produce themselves, so my role in the band depends on the song,” he explained. “Sometimes I’m going around making suggestions and playing instruments, other times I’m just helping the arrangements. We feel like part of each other’s bands because we toured a lot together over the years.”
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler joined The Rolling Stones onstage in Montreal on Sunday night (June 9) for a rendition of ‘The Last Time’. This Spring, Butler and his Arcade Fire bandmate Regine Chassagne welcomed the birth of their first child. The name of musical couple’s son, who weighed seven pounds, has not been revealed.
News of the birth – which took place on April 21 – was revealed by Canadian publication Le Journal de Montréal. Spinner has translated the announcement made in the paper by Barry Mack, the pastor at Montreal’s St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Saint-Lambert, as: “It’s good to see that they are still together and they now have a baby. It’s a bit rare in the entertainment industry.”