Arcade Fire called themselves the “black sheep” of the music industry in a new interview with the U.K.’s NME, also comparing themselves to acts like the Cure and Nirvana. Saying that his band feels out of place on the current music scene, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler said, “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?”
Butler also seemed to draw the “weird” parallel with Nirvana, saying he recently re-watched an old appearance by that band at the MTV Video Music Awards and explaining, “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 s***, they were still the freaks at the party.”
Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, on Tuesday (October 29th), following up their Grammy-winning 2010 effort, The Suburbs.
Arcade Fire don’t have any plans to tour behind the album until next spring, but the band performed 12 songs on top of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood on Tuesday evening (October 29th) for a crowd of contest winners.