Arcade Fire on their next record: ‘It will be stripped back… or feature an orchestra’ (Q338 Preview)

Arcade Fire on their next record: ‘It will be stripped back… or feature an orchestra’ (Q338 Preview)

arcadefireArcade Fire have told Q they’re not sure where they’re heading next – but it won’t be long before they start working on a record.

Speaking in the cover story of our new issue, Q338 out today (29 July), the band tell Tom Doyle they intend to take a break having brought the Reflektor world tour to a close headlining Glastonbury and playing their own giant Hyde Park gig, but frontman Win Butler expects the creative itch to kick in quickly.

“You sleep in and you have crazy dreams and you start to miss your friends,” he says of time off, “so you go off on another adventure.”

In terms of what that adventure might be his brother, multi-instrumentalist Will, admits the band have no plan as such yet... save that they tend to do the opposite of what they plan.

“Whatever happens happens,” he muses. “I mean, we’ve often aimed to strip stuff back. So I bet we’ll try that and then we’ll end-up going off with a 40-piece orchestra!”

Get Q338 in print or on digital now for the full cover story, including the band’s recollections of Glastonbury, their take on celebrity, their views on streaming and much more.