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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.

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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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  • jpzitoleopold

    funeral is the best album of all time

    28 Mar 6:03pm Reply
  • Keola_the_Orca

    Neon Bible is the best album [2] Keep The Car Running is the only below 8/10 IMO, No Cars Go was their best song until Reflektor came out

    24 Mar 10:34am Reply
  • Arundelman

    Neon Bible is the best album. All goods songs. Intervention+Keep The Car Running+Ocean Of Noise+No Cars Go=all my life

    23 Mar 7:59pm Reply
  • Keola_the_Orca

    Neighborhood #3 <3

    23 Mar 12:20pm Reply
  • Radioheart0706

    Neighborhood #2 <3

    22 Mar 12:06pm Reply
  • beyc4use

    Neighborhood #1 <3

    20 Mar 9:56pm Reply
  • algoostu

    pqpp que band foda

    20 Mar 2:17am Reply
  • maxsuel-

    Neon bible ♥

    19 Mar 2:40am Reply
  • Keola_the_Orca

    Reflektor deserves more love...

    18 Mar 9:33pm Reply
  • Hernannes

    jeanne d'arc auuh ♥

    18 Mar 6:07pm Reply
  • ReNaNChEcK

    I love Porno, but Intervetion touches deep my soul every time.

    18 Mar 12:05am Reply
  • Toshiba-3

    Still can't get enough of Reflektor ♫

    15 Mar 5:52pm Reply
  • ADOLFH666

    to recent claims that i'm 'secretly canadian' the answer is NO. in fact i'm so very blatantly canadian i shit maple syrup and do so strictly on the street. thank you.

    12 Mar 11:24pm Reply
  • friday28th

    Holy shit, The Suburbs is nearly 5 years old.[2]

    9 Mar 4:31pm Reply
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  • Lexan92

    Laika es una gran versión, la amo. <3

    7 Mar 4:31am Reply
  • dumdun

    Porno <3

    7 Mar 3:30am Reply
  • theblackjay

    I'm amazed at how an album that is 4.5 years old is still affecting me. No single album has ever affected me like the Suburbs did/has/is. Complete brilliance.

    4 Mar 5:02am Reply
  • XDRory

    5 years, god damn. I'm getting to the stage where I can remember the first time I heard new music releases now. Reflektor will be 2 years old this year too, yikes.

    2 Mar 4:32pm Reply
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