THE SUNDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB
This month Sunday Night Music Club host Danielle Perry has mostly been listening to…
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.