The Suburbs (5:14)

Cover of The Suburbs

From The Suburbs and 6 other releases

Arcade Fire Songs can be triggered by a simple act. According to The Suburbs Songfacts, frontman Win Butler was sent a photograph of an old school friend of his, who was standing with his daughter sitting on his shoulders “at the mall around the corner from where we lived”. He added: “The combination of seeing this familiar place and seeing my friend with his child brought back a lot of feeling from that time. I found myself trying to remember the town that we grew up in and trying to retrace as much as I could remember.”

At the same time, other Arcade Fire band members of a similarly suburban origin across Canada had revisited their childhood environs and, in some cases, found there was not much left: buildings were boarded up, if they still existed at all; new roads and rivers had magically appeared, altering the landscape that now only existed in faded photographs. When they reconvened, this was the first song they wrote. Said Win: “We started working on the song, and once that started to sound like music it felt like we were making an album.”

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (7)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Arcade Fire - Ready to Start 4:14 492,407
Arcade Fire - Modern Man 4:40 405,993
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk 2:17 926,636
Vampire Weekend - Hannah Hunt 3:58 156,398
Foals - My Number 3:33 236,177
The Strokes - Someday 3:03 938,932

Listening Trend

501,751listeners all time
4,626,953scrobbles all time
#204 in last week’s chart
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners