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Indie rock, race, Arcade Fire, Will Butler & Sasha Frere

Arcade Fire

Will (not Win who is pictured above) Butler responded to Sasha Frere-Jones’ article about race and indie rock.

Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that “[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible.” In a somewhat … I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. I’ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black people’s music from all over the globe. [Will Butler]

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