Monday, August 15, 2011 1:57am ET by Newsdesk
Arcade Fire frontman says there is unexplored territory in rock music
Arcade Fire have said they don't accept the idea that there is nothing left to explore within rock 'n' roll music.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, frontman Win Butler said he believes there is a lot of unexplored territory within the rock genre and there are still "many sounds to make."
He said: "A lot of people get really stuck in this idea that everything's been done, and there’s nowhere left to go. Rock 'n' roll is almost the most conservative form of performance art: you play your guitar, these are the moves, this is what the songs are about, and this is the energy. I always felt like there's so many sounds to make and things to talk about in songs. There's more to life than 'I love you baby, la, la, la'"
He also discussed his approach to making new music, saying: "I approach it more like film-making: you would never say every film has been made. You just tell another story. I thought I would try and talk directly about common experiences that aren’t that cool to talk about, which is the starting place for a lot of the art we do."
Butler also said the band doesn't try to write music with their audience in mind.
He added: "We don’t think about our audience when we’re making music, it's a selfish impulse. But when we’re putting it out in the world, I want it to be of service. People can do a lot of great things when they're exposed to the right stuff. We’ve been on the other side, going to concerts since we were kids, buying records, and the bands that made it through the suburbs are part of the reason we ended up being artists."
Arcade Fire will be playing gigs in Manchester and Edinburgh at the end of this month. The band is currently working on their fourth studio album.
Watch a backstage interview with Arcade Fire after they won Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards: