If I ever start a band, I’m going to make sure I’m also in another really, really successful band that I have a relatively small role in, so that people will want so badly to get information about that really, really successful band that they’ll be willing to interview me about my other much less successful band.
I acknowledge, of course, that this could become irksome after a while, as it apparently has for Richard Parry, whose Bell Orchestre occasionally takes a backseat to another small Canadian band he’s in called Arcade Fire. Here are the two best parts of an interview published yesterday at The Quietus, where they actually had the balls to use “Arcade Fire Recording New Songs” as the headline for a story that was clearly supposed to be about another band altogether. They’re like the New York Post of indie rock.
You’re in New York, right?
RP: I am yes, doing some recording in a studio — Arcade Fire stuff.
Well I was going to ask about that stuff anyway, do you want to start with that or the Bell Orchestre stuff?
RP: Let’s start with the Bell Orchestre stuff seeing as this is a Bell Orchestre interview.
And then, toward the end, the interviewer finally finds a way to change the subject. Notice the completely clumsy, forced segue.
And the Bell Orchestre is where your passions lie?
RP: It’s all passions, the Arcade Fire’s still passions, but one of them becomes the main thing.
And that’s why you’re in New York at the minute?
RP: Yeah, recording some strings for some new songs.
For a new album?
RP: Just some songs.
Is there a release date for this or anything?
RP: No. No, no, no.
Are there any plans to tour?
RP: Not for the foreseeable future.
So there you have it, a brand new album and probably a world tour in 2010.