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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2001 – present)

Arcade Fire is an rock band, perhaps most famous for their third studio album, The Suburbs, released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. They formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2001. The band consists of Win Butler (vocals, guitar, piano), Régine Chassagne (vocals, accordion, keyboards, hurdy gurdy, drums), Richard Reed Parry (bass, guitar), William Butler (keyboards, guitar), Tim Kingsbury (bass), and Jeremy Gara (drums). Montreal percussionist Dane Mills performed on the EP and in early live shows. As of May 2005, the touring band includes horn players and violinists.

The band’s trademark fashion consists in wearing rather formal attire during live events and a use of orchestral instruments. When asked about the rumour that the band’s name refers to a fire in an arcade, 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.” Win Butler and his brother Will grew up in Texas.

Band formation

Arcade Fire formed around the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Joining together as recently as mid-2003, the current line-up solidified in late 2003/early 2004, when their first full-length album Funeral was recorded. Before this an eponymous EP (often referred to by fans as the Us Kids Know EP) had been sold at early shows. The EP was subsequently remastered and given a full release once the band started becoming more prominent. Arcade Fire are known for their enthralling live performances, as well as its use of a large number of musical instruments.


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  • cadavreflex

    ...may humanity never fail to so pointlessly elaborate.

    18 May 1:25am Reply
  • cadavreflex

    this band reminds me of my initial fear: clouds.

    18 May 1:07am Reply
  • oiGlush

    this band makes me feel human

    17 May 8:31pm Reply
  • stupidfukk

    Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home. ♥

    16 May 1:47pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    haven't listened to Neon Bible for like a couple of years - ah, nostalgia!

    13 May 2:54pm Reply
  • Northwestman

    Neon Bible best album

    12 May 3:40pm Reply
  • yuckyz

    dang wow

    12 May 4:57am Reply
  • cadavreflex

    n.b. - i'm just a bit cranky these days because they've closed the old arcade at the nearby mall that's been in operation since 1984 or so and quite frankly my whole world has been deflated. maybe someday i'll open my own arcade, featuring 5 thousand units of the very same game: Bubble Bobble.

    10 May 5:24pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    Neon Bible F.T.W. Debut album can burn in hell.

    10 May 2:35pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Reflektor was more exciting than anything they'd done since the debut album!

    9 May 12:20am Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    @BubiWallenius, Clearly you're still excited, if you took time to post there.

    8 May 9:43pm Reply
  • LostScore

    It turns out she is Régine's sister.

    8 May 6:35pm Reply
  • LostScore

    Does anyone know who Norah is?

    8 May 5:20pm Reply
  • LostScore

    Did they sample it or is it unintentional Lust for Life-ish ending in Wake Up? Can't unhear it.

    7 May 2:05pm Reply
  • BubiWallenius

    Congrats to people who are still able to be excited about this band. I lost my interest in them a long time ago.

    6 May 8:32pm Reply
  • volupiaken

    Now that it's May, I wonder if they're making a record. [2] ♥

    4 May 3:13am Reply
  • cadavreflex

    i just discovered this band yesterday through SARA LOV! she did a version of the body/cage song and the lyrics really sang out to me so i looked them up and voilà! i found out they didn't belong to her. i wonder if any other music exists, harboring such a majestic embrace.

    3 May 3:40pm Reply
  • weendril

    Holy shit, The Suburbs is nearly 5 years old. [4]

    2 May 12:58pm Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    They are probably. If they follow the pattern, it'll be released next year.

    1 May 9:59pm Reply
  • Flynner11

    Now that it's May, I wonder if they're making a record.

    1 May 3:52pm Reply
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