One of the millennium's most influential independent music groups have launched a series of uncompromising hits that bring music back to where it always tries to be.
Conceived in early 2000, and opening for U2 nearly 5 years later, Arcade Fire has ignited something very important in the music scene.
It's a feeling music has been missing for nearly two decades on so many levels. They make music the way they want to, even more so than the idols who have influenced them so much. Their major breakthrough album 'The Suburbs' , with the stand-out track "Ready To Start", a follow-up to Neon Bible and Funeral, landed them all over the media. It also reflected a serious side to their expressionism that shows how driven by emotion their songs are.
Both Neon Bible and Funeral carry darker tones influenced by several family member deaths during writing, as well as bigger world topics hanging over them.
Regine Chassagne, multi-instrumentalist, wrote a song ( title 'Haiti' ) influenced by events
in Haiti. Her parents lived there
until political atmosphere drove them to sanctuary in Canada, where Regine joined Arcade Fire.
Arcade Fire would eventually raise relief money for Haitians, something close to U2
and other celebrities.
They would ultimately open for U2 on tour, and their current album is successively full of, and influenced by, Haitian percussives.
The Suburbs was conceived when lead singer Win Butler received a photo of his friend holding his daughter. The image made Win start thinking about what happened to where he grew up, which lead to a reflective pursuit of growth and maturity as well as revisiting the places that resided inside.
The first release of their most recent album, Reflektor, can be seen below.
After watching the video below ( in the media portion ) come back up and click Downtown, enter your childhood address, and press play.