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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Arcade Fire and Funeral

on September 18, 2014, 5:00pm
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8. Win considered releasing “Rebellion (Lies)” without snare drum

Win Butler: When we were recording “Rebellion (Lies)”, Howard was recording the drums he would have us deal with the tape machine and push the “record” button. At some point he did the best take, it’s the version that’s on the record. The problem is that we’d plugged something wrong, and there was no snare at all when we listened to it afterwards. I said “no that’s the take,” and he said “no, absolutely not, we can’t have a song without a snare.” I was insisting it had the spirit, that it was the right take, so we overdubbed it with Régine playing the snare only. The weird sound of that song comes from the snare coming through the hi-hat and this snare overdub.

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