Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Reforms Punk Youth in ‘What I Want’ Video
The Brantley Gutierrez-directed clip stars Butler and actress Jennifer Morrison (House, Once Upon a Time) as adults who encounter a club of disorderly punk kids and are none too pleased by what they discover. They respond by transforming said kids into upstanding civilians like themselves with the help of some laser-shooting guns. It’s an oddball video for one of Policy’s kookier tracks. (Butler sings, “I know a great recipe for pony macaroni.”) Check it out above.
Arcade Fire last released their double album, Reflektor, in 2013. The band’s manager Scott Rodger recently told Music Business Worldwide the band has run out their contract with their label and regained rights to most of their past albums. Whether or not the Canadian art-rockers sign a new deal is still up in the air:
They’re a huge touring act who sell around 1.6m – 2m albums each time. We’re out of our deal, they have no deal, plus most of their catalogue has reverted back to them. So they’ve got all the rights to their first mini-album, all the rights to 'Funeral' and 'Neon Bible.' 'The Suburbs' comes back in the summer of 2017 and the next year we get back 'Reflektor.'
We can do a futures deal; we can go to any label and sign the whole catalogue plus futures now. The question is, why would we? I sat with the band the other week: they’re not bread-heads, they don’t care about [a big payday]. They have a couple of studios, so they don’t need studio time to make their next record. They’ll fund it themselves, which they’ve done for every album anyway. They just want to do what’s smart. We can do physical with a boutique company and do some really nice vinyl. We can partner with a tech company. We can sign up to a digital aggregator. There are a lot of options.