Daily Archives: March 21, 2010

You should be listening to Arcade Fire!

Arcade Fire is the multi instrumentalist indie band from our neighbors to the north.  That would be Canada for those of you that might be either geographically or border country cliché challenged.  In addition to being a great band, they are also a testimony to the sacred and blessed union of holy matrimony as the band is fronted by the married duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

Formed in 2003, prior to the nuptials of Win and Régine, Arcade Fire released their self titled EP.  While the debut was a solid effort it is forever lost under the greatness of their follow up album Funeral.  Upon the release of Funeral in 2004, Arcade Fire took the music world by surprise and their debut EP was rereleased.  Their music made it to the Late Show with David Letterman and saw them opening three shows for U2 during the Vertigo tour, and two Grammy nominations. 

2007 saw the release of Neon Bible the highly anticipated follow up to Funeral.  The album debut at #2 and was well received by critics.  The themes on the album seem to be more external and in some cases overly dramatic.

Arcade Fire Discography:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Funeral
  • Neon Bible

Top 5 Arcade Fire Songs:

  1. Headlights Look Like Diamonds (Arcade Fire)
  2. Crown of Love (Funeral)
  3. No Cars Go (Neon Bible)
  4. Wake Up (Funeral)
  5. Intervention (Neon Bible)

Musically, Arcade Fire uses an array of musical instruments to wrap each song in its own sonic temple.  While guitars, bass, and drums are a staple to any band, these crazy cats are playing piano, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboards, French horns, harp, and mandolin.  This is not just the studio version, most of the instruments go on tour and the multi talented band members swap instruments throughout the live show.

At times, the band is sonically explosive, beautifully textured, and always a formidable backdrop to the anguished and often pleading vocals of Win Butler.  The variety of instruments do not sound out of place nor do they seem over indulgent.

Check out Arcade Fire at www.arcadefire.com

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Great music awaits!