Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Win Butler smashes

I've always thought that smashing a guitar is pretty lame. But for whatever reason, it seems oddly appropriate that Win Butler chose to end Arcade Fire's SNL appearance by beating the hell out of his acoustic. For whatever reason, these BIG ROCK MOVES are resonating with people again. Think Hold Steady, a band that, for all their lyrical complexity, essentially channels greasy '70s riff-rock. Butler is funneling something different, something darker, but sometimes I can't help but think that every Arcade Fire song is essentially a variation on "Sunday Bloody Sunday." And maybe that's not a bad thing? Butler's not ashamed to be shooting for catharsis, and he does it with less words than Springsteen and more grace than Bono.

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