This month Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club host Danielle Perry has mostly been listening to…

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Ar­cade Fire graced our shores last month with their knock­out In­fi­nite Con­tent tour, which swept up and down the coun­try like a tor­nado of con­fetti and sparkle. I legged it up to Wem­b­ley to in­ter­view Win But­ler (pic­tured be­low) back­stage ahead of their first show at the SSE Wem­b­ley Arena, and though I’m not

usu­ally a fan of big arena shows, I knew that if any­one could pull it off, it’d be these Cana­dian art-rock­ers. Start­ing with the Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band – an out­stand­ing troupe of mu­si­cians and mas­ters of their craft – set the tone for the spec­tac­u­lar show which was to fol­low. Be­fore then, I wan­dered back­stage to meet Win. The place was a hive of ac­tiv­ity, Ar­cade Fire’s crew buzzing around with big smiles on their faces while also ex­ud­ing an air of calm pro­fes­sion­al­ism. By show­time at 8.45pm, with the arena full to burst­ing, heavy drums and flash­ing lights sig­nalled the ar­rival of the band into ‘the ring’. Ar­cade Fire then set about rewrit­ing the arena-rock rule book by con­stantly stretch­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of live per­for­mance, yet still re­tain­ing that al­limpor­tant in­clu­sive, in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a fine line, but they ab­so­lutely nailed it.

Watch the video of Danielle chat­ting to Win But­ler on Ab­so­lute Ra­dio’s YouTube chan­nel. Lis­ten to The Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club from 8pm.

It’s a Win Win sit­u­a­tion: Perry meets But­ler.

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