Arcade Fire

Powerful songs of protest, spiritual songs of joy

Arcade Fire are an award-winning indie-rock band based in Montreal, Canada. The band – now a seven-piece – are fronted by the husband and wife team of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. The group exploded onto the international music scene with their debut long-play release, ‘Funeral’. The record, released in September 2004, earned its title after numerous family members of the band passed away during its gestation – Chassagne, for example, lost her grandmother in June 2003. The album attracted almost unanimous praise – websites DrownedinSound.com and Pitchfork gave it great reviews, 10/10 and 9.7/10 respectively, while the Guardian and Rolling Stone were also won over. ‘Funeral’ spawned five singles, its most successful ‘Neighbourhood 3 (Power Out)’ charting highly in the UK. The band’s live shows in support of ‘Funeral’ were rapturously received, establishing the outfit as a prime draw on the live circuit and festival landscape. In addition to guitar, drums and bass, members flit between trumpet, French horn, accordion, viola and more. Album two, ‘Neon Bible’, was released in March 2007, and peaked at two on the UK albums chart in addition to topping year-end polls at Q magazine and The Onion AV Club (and featuring prominently in numerous top tens). Self-produced and recorded in New York, London, Hungary and Canada, ‘Neon Bible’ built on the promise of the band’s debut while showcasing a greater commercial nous. It won its category of Alternative Album at the 2008 Juno Awards, and won Best International Album at the Irish Meteor Awards the same year. Singles included ‘No Cars Go’ and ‘Black Mirror’. Album discography ‘Funeral’ (Merge, 2004 / Rough Trade, 2005) ‘Neon Bible’ (Sonovox, 2007) MySpace

Members

Win Butler , Régine Chassagne , Richard Reed Parry , William Butler , Tim Kingsbury , Sarah Neufeld , Jeremy Gara

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