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Arcade Fire

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  • Formed: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.arcadefire.com/
  • Recent Activity: 01.19.17 It's never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other. Love, Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire https://t.co/4pz2rgNjYi
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

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eMusic Features

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By Rachael Maddux, Contributor

Laurel Sprengelmeyer, who makes music as Little Scream, named her debut album The Golden Record — which might seem like an act of hubris if you think she means the kind that get framed and hung behind the desks of smug label executives. Fortunately, Sprengelmeyer was thinking more along the lines of the gold phonograph record that was bundled into the Voyager spacecraft in 1977, which bore in its grooves a Carl Sagan-approved playlist of… more »

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Arcade Fire’s High Dive into the Big Empty

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

[album-card class="right" name="The Suburbs" artist="Arcade Fire" released="2010" label="Merge" link="http://www.arcadefire.com" image="http://wp-images.emusic.com/assets/2011/04/arcade-fire-the-suburbs.jpg"] Let's briefly extend the benefit of the doubt and assume that, when Arcade Fire decided to name their third record The Suburbs, they were in on the joke. For decades, the suburbs have been synonymous with refuge: a lack of danger, the reassurance of repetition, and a consistent kowtowing to the relentless homogeneity of the middle. They are where you go for the comfort of the… more »

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The Politic Melodic: A Campaign Song History

By Yancey Strickler, Contributor

In ways that grow more important by the day, the 1972 presidential contest between incumbent Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat George McGovern has dictated the tone, style and execution of every election since. It birthed the modern-day primary format; it defined and honed the press 'approach to all political coverage; it featured the most effective use of the presidency itself as a campaign asset; and, finally, even in defeat, McGovern's campaign dramatically shifted every campaign's… more »

Activity

  • 01.19.17 It's never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other. Love, Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire https://t.co/4pz2rgNjYi
  • 12.10.16 RT @ParryReed: NYC! Tonight! Playing Return to the Sea in its entirety w/ my roomie 4 life @NickfromIslands 9pm Webster Hall don't be late…
  • 12.09.16 RT @sampatchmusic: Happy to announce the new Sam Patch album is being released 2/17/17. To hear St. Sebastian and see tour dates: https://t…
  • 11.29.16 RT @eighthblackbird: 📢On Nov 29 & 30, we will be joined by @ParryReed of @arcadefire at @SteppenwolfThtr to premiere his newest work➡️: htt…
  • 11.08.16 #GoVote https://t.co/FiJPfHybvv https://t.co/zTbZPDI5UM
  • 10.07.16 so thankful this t-giving weekend, let's share some, it all helps! @PIH (https://t.co/1owI9hea3P) @StBonifaceHaiti… https://t.co/hjnlQU8MVv
  • 09.23.16 RT @thestrokes: .@N_Fraiture is playing w/ @arcadefire & @DJWindows98 in their Pop vs. Jock basketball game in Montreal tomorrow! https://t…
  • 09.11.16 Pop vs Jock. September 24, Montreal Tickets, times and full details at https://t.co/aPmukPKKH5 https://t.co/79EBELfvU6
  • 09.09.16 Pop vs Jock Saturday September 24 at noon in Montreal! https://t.co/fN9AxoqnyL
  • 08.26.16 RT @BockKai: Raising 💰to support the final stage of post production on my short - $25 gets you a blu ray of the finished film! 💜 https://t.…
  • 06.22.16 RT @MrTimothyK: I wrote a theme song for this great new podcast. Check it out! https://t.co/0SKLUeAxuZ
  • 06.21.16 July 5 at Razzmatazz, Barcelona https://t.co/XWA3OAjwZ1