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Arcade Fire

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne's performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting partnership. Romance followed shortly thereafter, and the duo expanded its sound by gathering Parry on organ, Kingsbury on bass, and Win Butler's younger brother, William, on synthesizer and percussion. Drawing from the bandmates' varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2's passion to David Bowie's eclecticism in the process.

Arcade Fire issued a self-titled EP in 2003, having briefly retreated to Maine for the recording sessions. Propelled by Win Butler's quavering vocals and his bandmates' symphonic swells, the disc helped earn the band an official offer from Merge Records. The bandmates' luck faltered later that year, however, when Chassagne's grandmother passed away. The Butler brothers' grandfather followed suit in March 2004, and Parry's aunt died one month later. Seeking catharsis in the studio, the members of Arcade Fire funneled their energies into the creation of Funeral. Released in September 2004, the debut album was met with unanimous acclaim -- both commercially and critically -- and Arcade Fire found themselves maintaining a nearly constant presence on the road, playing such high-profile festivals as Lollapalooza and Coachella between a slew of smaller club dates. They also appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Canadian edition, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, rubbed shoulders with superfan David Bowie, and toured alongside U2.

Following an exhausting year, Arcade Fire decamped to a church outside of Montreal to work on a second release. The ambitious Neon Bible arrived in March 2007, featuring such grand ornamentations as a pipe organ, a military choir, and a full orchestra. The album peaked at number two and sparked another tour, which found the band playing more than 120 shows over the course of a year. When touring wrapped up in early 2008, Arcade Fire played several shows in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama before beginning work on a third album. The resulting Suburbs, an eclectic 16-track ode to childhood, suburban sprawl, and middle-class dreams both won and lost, arrived on August 2, 2010. The record was universally acclaimed and reached number one in both the U.S. and U.K. album charts. The following year they won a host of awards, including prestigious accolades such as a Grammy for Album of the Year, the Polaris Prize, and BRIT awards for both Best International Album and Group, among other honors and nominations.

Their success followed them on the road as they sold out shows across the globe, and in 2011 they released a deluxe version of Suburbs that included a short film -- titled Scenes from the Suburbs -- directed by Spike Jonze. They began work on their fourth release in 2012 and enlisted LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for production duties. The album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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they came to philly, and i couldnt make it to their show. i am brian's disappointed tympanic membrane
Great EP
Does Arcade Fire remind anyone else of A Series of Unfortunate Events?
Great band
What rock was I under? O.o
Saw Arcade Fire in KC last weekend. Spectacular in every way!
I know, what the heck? It's not the place to debate this stuff
hvega1981
Why the hell did this s**t about Obama come into the comment section come on now who really gives a s**t about politics and religion?
I'm so annoyed how if you say something bad bout a black person our a F**KING RACIST AND YOU SHOULD DIR
Damn I love Arcade Fire.
LOL
Yeah seriously I agree all politicians are the same when it all comes down to it and Obama is not the devil explain to me what makes him any worse of a person than you he may have different beliefs than you but does that make him the devil?are you the kind of person who rejects people because they're different than you?hmm seems like I'm detecting some theorys that a certain genocidal German had
Subimon you are a f**king moron
Subimon you are a f**king moron
Ko yourrmom
Thought provoking lyrics, this band reminds me of my early childhood in Austin, Texas. I really like Arcade Fire.
Good yes
It would be hard to find a celebrity, musician or actor who was not in support of Obama. I'm a bit annoyed by those in the entertainmen t industry that use their fame to try to influence voters. Although, it doesn't lessen my love of the art that they create. I wouldn't stop enjoying their art just because they have different political views anymore than I would stop being friends with someone because they have a different view than I do on something. Just love the music! Okay? That's all...
mhcarp40
Sick song
going to see them when they come to philly 3/17. super duper psyched.
This is my dance music.
Sprawl II. Damn its good.
Love! Love! Love!!
Wish I didnt just research and confirm they do, in fact, support Nobama. Stupid band, totally changed my mind. You might have made a ton of people wake up, but if you support the devil then I cannot support you. I will continue listening... subjectively . . . a n d I won't pay for a concert or an album. Sound good?
This band changed my life.
billn15
I like this band. Too bad they worked to help Berry Obama get re-elected.. . Oh well, know body's perfect!
One of the first instrumental intros I heard by them, No cars go, I really hear the sonic distinction that bands like the yeah yeah yeahs, breeders, sonic youth, Kings of Leon, Cars, etc put out. They are definitely in the musical family tree, and in my opinion deserve the same respect.
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It's just droning noise
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My mom and I love Arcade Fire.
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Seeds
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
Love AF but this album sucks beyond belief...
ggbiceman4
They have a song that's in the hit movie- The Hunger Games
dazernator80 0
Just discovered these guys through the Youtube Music Awards. Its probably some of the beset modern music I've heard. They've eased my worries of our country's musical decadence.
Funeral is my fav album of all time. I remember the first time my mother heard me playing this album. I was 25 hung over on the couch and she was vacuuming the floor! She turned the vacuum of half way though Neighbour no 2 and just looked at me! And said what the hell is this! She then sat beside me and didn't leave the couch until the album finished then made me play neighbourhoo d 1 and 2 over again. She looked with amazement and claimed the greatest album she has heard for 20 years!
i wish i could have seen them live before they started playing festivals for the most part.
funeral forever has my heart
Best band
Don't smell like christian
This is my fave
based god loves this and all of you
Working for a church while your family dies.
i did see them during that tour and i do consider myself very very lucky. probably the best show i've ever seen. and i hadn't even heard a song by them. :)
funeral is definitely one of the top 3 albums of 2000's and if you saw them live during the funeral tour you are very lucky
Definitely NOT Christian.
I❤keep the car running.
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