Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and
Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger
brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry,
Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy
Gara. The band's current touring line-up also includes former core
member Sarah Neufeld, percussionist Tiwill Duprate and saxophonist
Founded in 2000 by friends and classmates
Win Butler and Josh Deu, the
band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically
acclaimed debut album Funeral. Their second studio album, Neon Bible,
won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and
Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Their third
studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim
and commercial success. It received many accolades, including the
Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011
Juno Award for Album of
the Year and the 2011
Brit Award for Best International Album. In
Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, and scored
the feature film Her, for which band members William Butler and Owen
Pallett were nominated in the Best Original Score category at the 86th
Academy Awards. In 2017, the band released their fifth studio album
All the band's studio albums have received nominations for Best
Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. Funeral is widely considered
by music critics to be one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. The
band's work has also been named three times as a shortlist nominee for
the Polaris Music Prize: in 2007 for Neon Bible, in 2011 for The
Suburbs and in 2014 for Reflektor, winning the award for The Suburbs.
The band plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola,
cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer,
French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy, and takes most
of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist band members
switch duties throughout shows.
1.1 2001–2003: Formation and early work
1.2 2004–2006: Funeral
1.3 2006–2010: Neon Bible
1.4 2010–2012: The Suburbs
1.5 2013–2015: Reflektor
1.6 2016–present: Everything Now
6 See also
8 External links
2001–2003: Formation and early work
Win Butler and
Josh Deu founded
Arcade Fire in
Montreal around 2001,
having first met at
Phillips Exeter Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy as high school
students. Butler and Deu's musical ideas began to develop and the
first incarnation of the band was born while they were attending
McGill University and Concordia University, respectively. The
duo began rehearsing their material at McGill where they met Régine
Chassagne, a music student whom they asked to join them. Deu recalls,
"Win and I played guitar. Everyone played guitar. We had no music to
show her, but she ended up saying yes to joining us, and I don’t
know why. Maybe there was a little spark with Win." The trio
recorded a set of demos and began performing live in the second half
of 2001. At that time, the band consisted of Butler, Chassagne,
Deu, multi-instrumentalist Tim Kyle (later of Wild Light), bassist
Myles Broscoe (later of Les Angles Morts, Crystal Clyffs, and AIDS
Wolf), guitarist/drummer Dane Mills (later of Crackpot) and
Brendan Reed (later of Les Angles Morts and
founding member of Clues), who lived with Butler and Chassagne in
Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood at the time and was a collaborator
with them on song-writing and arrangement (2001–2003).
Montreal structure of the band began to dissolve in the
summer of 2002, when they travelled to Butler's family farm on Mount
Desert Island, Maine to record their self-titled EP. Tension
between Butler and bassist Myles Broscoe led the latter to exit the
band following the recording session. Richard Reed Parry, who had been
enlisted to help the band record, began to collaborate with them
during the sessions and would go on to join the band shortly
afterwards. Around the same time, Joshua Deu left the band to resume
his studies; he continued to collaborate on the visual aspects of the
band. In the winter of 2003, the band celebrated the release of its
EP with a show at Montreal's Casa del Popolo. Before a crowd packed
beyond capacity, the band's set ended (in the middle of an encore)
with an argument between Butler and Reed, who quit the band
on-stage. Mills told gathered friends in the crowd immediately
thereafter that he considered the band to have broken up, as such
resigning from the band as well. Following the on-stage implosion,
Butler's brother William Butler (subject of the early
Arcade Fire song
"William Pierce Butler") and
Tim Kingsbury were brought in to replace
Reed and Mills so that the band could continue, and they set out to
promote the self-titled EP. The eponymous release (often referred to
by fans as the Us Kids Know EP) was sold at early shows. After the
band achieved fame, the EP was subsequently remastered and given a
The promise shown by the new band in their early live shows allowed
them to land a record contract with the independent record label,
Merge Records, before the end of their first year together.
When asked about the rumour that the band's name refers to a fire in
Win Butler replied: "It's not a rumour, it's based on a
story that someone told me. It's not an actual event, but one that I
took to be real. I would say that it's probably something that the kid
made up, but at the time I believed him."
Main article: Funeral (album)
Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in
Great Britain. The title of the debut album referred to the deaths of
several relatives of band members (prominently the Butlers'
grandfather, composer/arranger Alvino Rey) during its recording. These
events created a somber atmosphere that influenced songs such as "Une
année sans lumière" ("A Year Without Light"), "In the Backseat", and
"Haïti", Chassagne's elegy to her homeland.
The album was critically and commercially acclaimed. It appeared on
many top ten album lists for 2004 and 2005 (due to delayed
international releases), with Pitchfork, Filter, No Ripcord, and The
MTV2 2005 Review crowning it the album of the year.
NME named Funeral
second in their list of 2005's best albums.
NME also named
"Rebellion (Lies)" the second best track. By November 2005, Funeral
had gone gold in both Canada and the UK, and sold over half a million
copies worldwide, a very large number for an independent release
with minimal television or radio exposure. The album became Merge
Records' first in the
Billboard 200 chart and the label's biggest
selling album to date, surpassing Neutral Milk Hotel's In the
Aeroplane Over the Sea.
The band booked small clubs for their 2004 tour, but growing interest
forced many venue changes, far beyond the band's expectations, and the
tour continued into mid-2005 throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe, the SummerSonic Festival in Japan, and the Hillside Festival
in Guelph. Taking much of the summer of 2005 off, the band made key
festival appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Coachella Valley
Music and Arts Festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza,
Reading and Leeds Festival
Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Electric
Picnic in Ireland and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.
Arcade Fire was featured on the April 4, 2005 cover of Time's Canadian
edition. On May 1, 2005, the band performed at the Coachella Valley
Music & Arts Festival. In May 2005, the band signed a
short-term publishing contract with
EMI for Funeral, and in June the
band released a new single, "Cold Wind", on Six Feet Under, Vol. 2:
Everything Ends. The
BBC used the track "Wake Up" on an advertisement
for their autumn 2005 season, and the tracks "Rebellion (Lies)" and
"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" on adverts in January 2006. On September
9, 2005, the band appeared on the British/US television special
"Fashion Rocks", on which
David Bowie joined them for "Wake Up". This
recording, as well as recordings of the band's collaboration on
Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "Five Years", were made available on the
iTunes Music Store in a virtual live EP. The same trip to New York
City took them to the
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman and a concert in
Central Park. The
Central Park show featured a surprise appearance by
Bowie. On September 11, 2005,
Arcade Fire appeared on the long-running
BBC music series Top of the Pops, performing "Rebellion (Lies)". The
band also performed to a TV audience in Paris for Canal+, and the show
was later screened on the British television's Channel 4. The band
scored two number one songs on
NME Chart Show, with
"Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and a three-week run with "Wake Up".
This success followed Rough Trade Records's last-minute decision to
release "Wake Up" only on 7" vinyl.
"Wake Up" was played immediately before the Irish rock group U2
started their concerts on their 2005–06 Vertigo Tour; Arcade Fire
subsequently opened three shows for that tour, and at the third in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, appeared on stage during U2's encore to join
in a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart".
Additionally, The Dan Patrick Show, a daily national sports talk show
in the US, plays the song as a lead-out every Friday to signify the
end of their show. The song was also heard numerous times during the
Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2010.
Funeral and the single "Cold Wind" were nominated for Grammys in the
Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for a Motion
Picture, Television or Other Visual Media categories (Six Feet Under,
Vol. 2: Everything Ends), respectively. On April 2, 2006, in Halifax,
Arcade Fire received the
Juno Award for Songwriters Of
The Year for three songs from Funeral: "Wake Up", "Rebellion (Lies)",
and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)". The band was nominated for
three BRIT Awards: Best International Group, Best International Album,
and Best International Breakthrough Act.
Arcade Fire made an appearance on the
BBC show Later with Jools
Holland on May 12, 2005, performing "Power Out" and "Rebellion
(Lies)". On December 27, 2005, Funeral was ranked No. 1 on MTV2's
"50 Greatest Albums of the Year" in the United Kingdom.[citation
needed] On October 22, 2007, Funeral was ranked No. 8 in Bob
Mersereau's book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. In late 2009,
Pitchfork ranked the album No. 2 in their list of the top 200
albums of the 2000s, behind Radiohead's Kid A.
2006–2010: Neon Bible
Main article: Neon Bible
Arcade Fire performing in support of
Neon Bible at the United Palace
Theater on May 7, 2007
During the downtime between Funeral and the beginning of recording
sessions for Neon Bible, the band purchased a defunct church in the
small Quebec town of Farnham, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi)
southeast of Montreal, and spent the early part of 2006 converting it
into a recording studio.
The first track officially released from
Neon Bible was "Intervention"
in December 2006 on iTunes. Proceeds from this release were dedicated
to Partners in Health. An error resulted in a second song, "Black
Wave/Bad Vibrations", appearing on iTunes for a short time. The album
was leaked to peer-to-peer networks on January 26, 2007, and was
officially released March 5, 2007 in the UK and March 6 in North
Neon Bible premiered at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart
and the Irish Album Charts, and number 2 on the US Billboard Top 200
charts and the UK Top 40 Album Chart for the week of March 12,
2007. The album was also number 1 on the Rock and Indie album
charts. The first proper single, "Black Mirror", reached the
No. 1 spot on CBC Radio 3's R3-30 chart for five consecutive
weeks, from March 22 to April 19, 2007, and was the first single by
any band ever to spend more than two weeks atop the chart. The album
gained much critical acclaim (even being mooted as a strong contender
for album of the year), and because of its success saw the band
proclaimed the most exciting act on the earth by British music
magazine Q. Paste voted it one of the five best albums of 2007.
Trouser Press writer Jason Reeher ranked
Neon Bible "among the best
indie rock recordings of all time."
Arcade Fire made their first appearance on
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on
February 24, 2007 (Episode 618), performing "Intervention" and "Keep
the Car Running".
Owen Pallett was not present as he was recording
for his solo project. During the performance, one of Win Butler's
guitar strings broke, prompting him to rip the strings from his
acoustic guitar and smash it on the floor until it shattered. On this
guitar, "sak vide pa kanpe" was written in duct tape across the front.
A Haitian proverb meaning "An empty sack cannot stand up" in Creole,
this may have been a reference to the extreme poverty of Haiti, the
country of origin of Régine Chassagne.
On July 10, 2007,
Neon Bible was named to the shortlist for the 2007
Polaris Music Prize. Patrick Watson was announced as the winner at a
gala ceremony on September 24, 2007. However, due to the
band's preference not to participate in compilation albums, they were
the only nominee not to have a track on the Polaris promotional
compilation 2007 Polaris Music Prize. Some media initially reported
that the Polaris committee had snubbed the band by excluding them,
leading the band and the committee to issue a joint press release
confirming that the band chose not to have a track included on the
Neon Bible tour continued into September 2007 with 25+ dates
scheduled in North America and Europe through mid-November. In Paris
the band did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon.
The band toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in early
2008 as part of the 2008
Big Day Out
Big Day Out festival. On October 14, 2007,
Win Butler and
Régine Chassagne made a surprise guest appearance at a
Bruce Springsteen show in Ottawa, playing "State Trooper" and "Keep
the Car Running". The band committed to give Partners in Health
$1.00, £1.00, or €1.00 of every ticket sold on its 2008 European
and North American tours.
Arcade Fire further helped PIH, when it recorded "Lenin" on Red Hot
Organization's latest album, Dark Was the Night. Sales from DWTN
generated over $850,000 in money donated to AIDS related
charities—$300,000 of which was given to PIH on Arcade Fire's
In February 2008,
Win Butler announced on the band's journal that the
Neon Bible tour had come to an end, after one year of touring and a
total of 122 shows (including 33 festivals) in 75 cities and 19
Win Butler has been a vocal supporter of
Barack Obama since the end of
the New Hampshire Primary.
Arcade Fire performed two free concerts
for Obama in
Nelsonville, Ohio on March 2, 2008 and
March 3, 2008 before the state's March 4 primary. The band,
with Superchunk, performed another two free concerts for Obama on May
1 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and on May 2 in Carrboro, North
Carolina before the state's May 6 primary. On January 21, 2009,
Arcade Fire and
Jay-Z were the musical guests at the Obama Campaign
Staff Ball at the DC Armory, at Obama's request. Butler thanked
President Obama for his stated intent to close the prison at
Guantanamo Bay, and repeatedly thanked the Obama staffers for their
work during the election.
The band was rumoured to be working with producer
Markus Dravs on the
soundtrack for the Richard Kelly film The Box.
Win Butler denied
the claims, but stated that he and
Owen Pallett "may do an
instrumental piece or two" for the film.
In December 2008, Pitchfork reported the band set up the website
miroir-noir.com to foreshadow the release of a concert film with the
same title, reporting, "Miroir Noir will feature live footage from the
Neon Bible tour." The upcoming film was directed by Vincent
Morisset. It was made available to pre-order on December 15, 2008
with the digital version available to download immediately, and the
DVD shipping March 31, 2009.
A re-recorded version of the band's song "Wake Up" from their 2004
debut album, Funeral, has been used for the trailer of the Spike Jonze
film Where the Wild Things Are, which was released on October
2009. The song "Wake Up" has also become popular on sports radio
talk shows in the US In 2009, two nationally syndicated shows—The
Dan Patrick Show and The Petros and Money Show—frequently used the
song as "bumper" music. The
National Football League
National Football League featured this
recording in commercials throughout the broadcast of the 2010 Super
Bowl. The band donated the proceeds from licensing the song to the NFL
to the charity Partners In Health.
2010–2012: The Suburbs
The Suburbs (
Arcade Fire album)
On May 27, 2010 it was announced that a new double-sided 12" single
would be released the same day, with the full album, called The
Suburbs, to be released on August 2 in the UK and on August 3 in the
US and Canada thanks to Merge Records. The album is produced by
Markus Dravs, who worked on previous album, 2007's
Neon Bible and was
engineered by Marcus Paquin, who has also previously worked with the
band. A track-by-track review ahead of
The Suburbs release by The
Quietus website said, "The progression is similar to the one William
Blake takes us through in
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence and of Experience that
suggests forward momentum and maturity." The album was released
with eight different covers.
The first show announced was
Oxegen 2010 which took place in Ireland
in July. The band announced that they would play songs from the
new album in their headline performance at the Reading and Leeds
Festivals in August 2010, with
Win Butler noting "We're really looking
forward to playing the new songs live... [it's] like an inventor
emerging from his basement after a year's work."
In July 2010,
Arcade Fire announced they would be broadcasting their
August 5 concert at Madison Square Garden live via YouTube. They later
announced the video would be directed by Terry Gilliam. The
Suburbs was released worldwide at the start of August 2010 to
extensive critical acclaim comparable to Funeral and Neon Bible.
During the 2010 tour
Arcade Fire gave a tribute to Jay Reatard
performing the cover of "Oh, It's Such a Shame".
Win Butler confessed
to Zane Lowe that the band wanted
Jay Reatard to support the band on
this tour, but he died.
The Suburbs went on to debut at number one in
the US (on the Billboard 200), selling 156,000 units in its first
week. It was also number one in the UK and Canada.
In August 2010,
Arcade Fire and Google released an interactive music
video, written and directed by
Chris Milk and produced by B-Reel,
which allows the viewer to enter the address where they grew up and
the video is then "geopersonalised". This video utilizes the band's
song "We Used to Wait" from The Suburbs, and showcases capabilities of
HTML5 and Google's Chrome browser. On November 13, 2010, Arcade Fire
made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live, performing "We
Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)".
In a nod to the Butlers' maternal grandfather, Alvino Rey, who was an
amateur radio operator, the logo used by the band from this time was a
variation of that used by the American Radio Relay League. Also, when
playing the single "We Used to Wait" live, the background video screen
features a radio exchange between Rey and a Canadian operator having
Call Sign VE3YV. The video also features many other amateur radio
Arcade Fire performed at the 53rd
Grammy Awards in February 2011. The
band was nominated for
Grammy Awards in three categories: Album of the
Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best
Alternative Music Album (for The Suburbs). Out of the three
nominations, they won the award for Album of the Year.
At the 2011 BRIT Awards,
The Suburbs won Best International Album, and
Arcade Fire won the Award for Best International Group.
In March 2011,
Arcade Fire was honoured at the
Juno Awards of 2011.
They won Group of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Ready to
Start", "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)", and "We Used to
Wait", all off The Suburbs.
The Suburbs also won Album of the Year and
Alternative Album of the Year.
On April 19, 2011 it was announced that
Arcade Fire will release a
deluxe edition of their album
The Suburbs featuring the short film
Scenes from the Suburbs, by director Spike Jonze, as well as two new
tracks, "Culture War" and "Speaking in Tongues" featuring David
Byrne. Scenes from the Suburbs, which debuted at the Berlin
International Film Festival 2011, has a running time of 30
minutes. The film screened at the
SXSW Film Festival
SXSW Film Festival 2011 and saw
its online premiere on MUBI on June 27, 2011. Writing for the
Canadian Press, Nick Patch called the film "a sci-fi puzzler that
seems to blend the paranoia of
Terry Gilliam films with the nostalgia
Steven Spielberg flicks."
On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee (one of 40)
for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. On July 6, the album was named
as a shortlisted (one of 10) nominee for the 2011 award. On September
20, 2011, they were awarded the Polaris Prize.
On May 19, 2012
Arcade Fire (minus members Will and Tim) made their
third appearance on Saturday Night Live, playing as a backup band for
musical guest and host Mick Jagger. The band played "The Last Time"
with Jagger, and participated in Kristen Wiig's farewell skit, playing
"She's a Rainbow" into "Ruby Tuesday". The band wore carrés rouges
(red squares) to show support for the 2012 Quebec student
Arcade Fire recorded a song for
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games soundtrack (The
Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond), called "Abraham's
Daughter". The song is featured in the movie's end credits. The
soundtrack was released on March 20, 2012, debuting at number one on
the Billboard 200. It sold more than 175,000 copies in its
first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical
film soundtrack to top the chart since Michael Jackson's "This Is It"
debuted at No. 1 on the list. It is also only the 16th soundtrack
to debut at No. 1 in the history of the
Billboard 200 chart
(those soundtracks include film, television, and straight-to-video
Arcade Fire also contributed to the movie's original score, The Hunger
Games: Original Motion Picture Score. The group composed the grand,
fascistic-inspired, ominous Panem national anthem, entitled "Horn of
Plenty", an important and signature leitmotif appearing throughout the
film. "We were interested in making music that would be more
integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise," Butler, who
co-wrote the song with Chassagne, explained. "And there’s an anthem
that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist
Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might
sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself,
basically." He further added that "it's not a pop song or
anything. More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting
event like the [Hunger] Games. So we did a structure for that, and
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens
in several places in the film." Arcade Fire's Panem national
anthem has received strong reviews. According to Spin Mobile, "'Horn
of Plenty' sounds both exactly like
Arcade Fire and exactly like a
Main article: Reflektor
"There's a lot of them, and they're mostly self-produced – like,
they don't need a producer in a certain way. I think it's going to be
a really great record, actually. I'm eager to see it come out."
—James Murphy, 2013
Arcade Fire and
Mercury Records confirmed that they would release a
fourth album in late 2013. In December 2012, the band's manager
Scott Rodger confirmed that
Arcade Fire was in the studio working with
regular producer of the band
Markus Dravs and James Murphy, frontman
of LCD Soundsystem. The official
Arcade Fire pre-order website
sets the release date on October 28, 2013. The band announced on
January 18, 2013 that they were selling the church they had been using
as a studio due to a collapsed roof. Throughout 2013, the band
worked on the album in several different recording studios - including
DFA Records studio in New York City. On June 22, 2013,
Rolling Stone reported that new material from the album would be
released on September 9, 2013. On July 12, the band announced via
a reply on
Twitter that their new album will be released on October
Arcade Fire members William Butler and
Owen Pallett received an Oscar
nomination for Best Original score for Spike Jonze's 2013
science-fiction romance film Her. Speculation emerged in August
that the album would be named
Reflektor after images began circulating
of street art using the name. These images were collected on an
Instagram account and later uploads noted the date of September 9 and
time of 9 P.M.
Arcade Fire confirmed their connection to the
campaign with a billboard put up in
New York City
New York City on August 26,
2013. A week later, the band released a 15-second music clip on
Spotify titled "9pm 9/9" under the album name Reflektor.
English rock musician
David Bowie contributed to backing vocals on the
title song, "Reflektor" after praising the song's quality in fall
Arcade Fire have recorded a version of the 1980 hit single
"Games Without Frontiers" for the
Peter Gabriel tribute album And I'll
Scratch Yours, which was released in September 2013.
Arcade Fire were the musical guest on the 39th-season premiere of
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on September 28, 2013. The episode drew six
million viewers. They also appeared in a half hour special on
Arcade Fire in Here Comes the Night Time, that aired immediately
after SNL. The special featured cameo appearances by Ben Stiller,
Bono, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, Rainn Wilson, Aziz Ansari, Eric
Wareheim, and Michael Cera. The concert footage was filmed at the
band's surprise September 9 appearance at Montreal's Club
Arcade Fire performed live at the YouTube Music
Awards on November 3, 2013. The performance featured an experimental
"live video" directed by Her writer and director Spike Jonze, and
actress Greta Gerwig. The band was nominated for a Satellite Award
for Best Original Score for Her. They were also nominated for a
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music Score.
The band headlined the 2014
Glastonbury Festival on June 27.
At the 2014 Juno Awards,
Reflektor won Album of the Year and
Alternative Album of the Year. The album was also a shortlisted
nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. In 2015, Arcade Fire
was the recipient of the International Achievement Award at the SOCAN
Awards held in Montreal.
A documentary film called The
Reflektor Tapes, about the making of the
album, was released on September 24, 2015 and was shown at the 2015
Toronto Film Festival. The following day, a deluxe edition of the
album containing original recordings and five unreleased songs was
released. The documentary was directed by Kahlil Joseph, winner of the
2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films.
Arcade Fire during their first full-band show in two years in
2016–present: Everything Now
Main article: Everything Now
On May 25, 2016,
Win Butler and
Régine Chassagne performed a surprise
set outside the
Louvre which included a new song. The pair were
invited by the French street artist JR to DJ at the launch of his new
exhibition titled JR Au Louvre, but set up drums and keyboards in the
On June 17, Will Butler hosted a Reddit AMA, where he answered fan
questions about the next
Arcade Fire album. He stated that the new
record may be released in spring 2017 and that the band had 'no
definite schedule though. It'll be done when it's done.' On July
5, the band played their first complete full-band concert in two years
in Barcelona, Spain as a warm up for their upcoming summer festival
dates in Canada, Portugal, Spain and USA. On July 19, Tim
Kingsbury told CBC that the band's upcoming fifth album will be out in
2017. On January 19, 2017, the band released a new single to
coincide with Donald Trump's presidential inauguration entitled "I
Give You Power". The song featured guest vocals from singer Mavis
Staples. The proceeds were donated to the American Civil Liberties
Arcade Fire signed a two album recording contract with Columbia
Records in May 2017. On May 31, the band released a new single
"Everything Now" on a limited edition 12" vinyl at the Primavera Sound
Festival in Barcelona.
Arcade Fire would also perform at the
festival in early June 2017. A day later,
Arcade Fire announced
their fifth studio album Everything Now, which was released on July
28, 2017, and released a music video for "Everything Now". In
July 2017, "Everything Now" became Arcade Fire's first single to reach
number one on a Billboard chart, reaching number one on the Adult
Alternative Songs airplay chart. In October 2017, long-time
manager Scott Rodger parted ways with the band.
After releasing two teasers on their social media pages a few days
before, on March 12, 2018, the band announced a short film,
directed by David Wilson called "Money + Love", containing two of
their songs "Put Your Money On Me" and "We Don't Deserve Love", and
being released on March 15. On March 17,
Arcade Fire were the
musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "Creature Comfort"
and "Put Your Money On Me".
Régine Chassagne is of Haitian descent, Arcade Fire
continuously works to support Haitian people through raising awareness
of the struggles this country currently faces, as well as the history,
specifically the regime of
François Duvalier in which 30,000 to
60,000 Haitians were murdered. This time in history is
highlighted in Arcade Fire's song "Haiti". Chassagne co-founded the
Kanpe (Creole for "to stand up"), a foundation that "brings together
Haitians, members of the diaspora, friends of Haiti, and partners on
the ground to develop customized solutions to enable these families to
escape the cycle of poverty and stand on their own."
Arcade Fire played two shows in the hometown of
Haiti where all
profits were donated to Albert Schweitzer's hospital in Haiti.
Arcade Fire has donated $1.00, £1.00, or €1.00 of
every ticket sold on tour to
Partners in Health
Partners in Health + Kanpe, via
2006: Proceeds from the release of track "Intervention" were dedicated
to Partners in Health.
Arcade Fire recorded "Lenin" for Red Hot Organization's "Dark
Was the Night". $850,000 raised for AIDS relief; $300,000 was donated
to Partners in Health.
2010: The NFL purchased rights to "Wake Up" for Super Bowl XLIV; all
proceeds went to PIH.
Haiti campaign: trained 50k+ volunteers to engage fans in
Richard Reed Parry
Régine Chassagne – lead and backing vocals, accordion, drums,
percussion, piano, keyboards, hurdy gurdy, recorders
Richard Reed Parry
Richard Reed Parry – guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano,
keyboards, synthesizers, organ, celesta, accordion, drums, percussion,
Win Butler – lead and backing vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass
Tim Kingsbury – bass guitar, guitar, double bass, keyboards, backing
William Butler – synthesizers, bass guitar, guitar, percussion,
sitar, panpipes, trombone, omnichord, musical saw, double bass,
concertina, clarinet, gadulka, backing vocals
Jeremy Gara – drums, percussion, guitar, keyboards
Howard Bilerman – drums, percussion, guitar (on Funeral)
Josh Deu – guitar (2001–2003)
Alan Lavian – bass guitar
Myles Broscoe – bass guitar
Brendan Reed – tap dancing, drums, percussion, vocals (on Arcade
Dane Mills – bass guitar, drums, percussion, stomping (on Arcade
Tim Kyle – guitar (on
Arcade Fire EP)
Current touring musicians
Sarah Neufeld – violin, piano, keyboards, backing vocals (2004-2005,
2013–present; official member 2006–2013)
Tiwill Duprate – percussion (2013–present)
Stuart Bogie – saxophone, clarinet, flute, keyboards
Former touring musicians
Owen Pallett – violin, keyboards, backing vocals (2004–2005, 2011,
Diol Edmond – percussion (2013–2016)
Matt Bauder – saxophone and clarinet (2014–2016)
Marika Anthony-Shaw – violin, backing vocals (2007–2008,
Colin Stetson – horns (2007-2008)
Kelly Pratt – horn (2007-2008)
Pietro Amato – horn (during the Funeral tour)
Mike Olsen – cello (during the first year of Funeral tour)
Alex McMaster – cello (at the 2011 Juno Awards)
For a more comprehensive list, see
Arcade Fire discography.
Neon Bible (2007)
The Suburbs (2010)
Everything Now (2017)
Funeral Tour (2003–2005)
Neon Bible Tour (2007–2008)
The Suburbs Tour (2010–2011)
Reflektor Tour (2013–2014)
2016 Tour (2016)
Infinite Content Tour (2017-2018)
Music of Canada portal
List of awards and nominations received by Arcade Fire
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