Arcade Fire have not been on the live circuit much in recent years. In fact, the last time the band toured was back in 2014 whilst promoting their latest album Reflektor. However, since then, they went a whole two years between 2014-2016 without playing a full live set.
Thankfully though, with fans worldwide likely to be celebrating, this year Arcade Fire are back under the spotlight. Having announced performances at a number of top European festivals, The band have announced performances at number of top European festivals and also a flurry of select gigs in Germany, Ireland and the UK.
Where it all began
Arcade Fire formed at the turn of the millennium, with classmates Win Butler and Josh Deu acting as the founding members. The duo were later joined by Regine Chassagne, quickly recording some basic demos of their ideas and began performing on the small time stage.
In 2003, two years after formation, with the collaboration of Richard Reed Parry who would later go on to become part of the band, Arcade Fire released their first EP. They played a packed out show in Montreal only for Butler and Reed to have an argument on stage where both then quit the band, something that was announced on stage.
However, despite the rocky start, and although it looked as the band had broken up, Butler’s brother William and Tim Kingsbury were brought in to replace the two quitting members so that Arcade Fire could continue. The new members continued to work on the music side and released a second EP, attracting the attention of a relatively small time record company, Merge Records.
With the band now signed, Funeral was quickly released in 2004. The record was quickly acclaimed and intensely popular for such relative newcomers to the scene. NME, for example, named Funeral as the 2nd best album of 2005. The reception that the album got was pretty astonishing to everyone involved, as this young quirky indie band with their small time record deal sold 500,000 copies worldwide on their first release.
The band took to the road to promote their album throughout 2005, often having to change venue due to a much greater demand than expected. In September 2005 they even played on the television special Fashion Rocks where they were joined by David Bowie of all people in performing their single Wake Up.
Due to their popularity, the band were able to support U2 on their Vertigo tour, something which really boosted their brand in the indie rock market.
The band did not hang about following the end of their tour and immediately began working on their second album in a church that they had converted into a recording studio, just south of their hometown Montreal.
Intervention was released as a single for the upcoming album Neon Bible In December of 2006. Although this didn’t really break too much new ground, the Album as a whole did, making it to No. 2 in the UK and US album charts.
This album too, was critically acclaimed, being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. The brand continued to tour, this time up until Februrary 2007, having played a total of 122 shows in 19 different countries.
Arcade Fire took three years out before coming out with their next album named The Suburbs in 2010, an album which allowed them to take the headline spot at one of the UK’s biggest festivals; Reading and Leeds Fest.
With fans having been given a glimpse of the bands new work at said festivals, their curiosity was satisfied in August 2010 where the full album was released. The album became an instant hit, debuting at number 1 in the US, Canada and the UK, relatively unseen heights for the Montreal group.
With the album having done so well, the band were asked to perform live at the 53rd Grammy Awards in February 2011 where the band were also nominated in three separate categories. That night they won the award for album of the year.
This was not the only recognition, however, as the album also went on to bring other successes such as Best international album and group at the BRIT Awards, as well as being honoured at the Juno Awards in the same year.
Hereafter, the band went on to do their first movie work, where they recorded Abraham’s Daughter, a soundtrack for The Hunger Games. It was released 20th March 2012, and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the 16th ever soundtrack to do so.
Since their debut album in 2004, the band took their longest break to date following the success of The Suburbs, with their next album coming three years after. This album, released in late 2013, was named Reflektor, Her Soundtrack.
Although the album itself once again won a whole host of awards, as to be expected by this point, their tour came under some scrutiny as they enforced a dress code of ‘formal dress or costume’ to the irritation of fans. However, the album itself had the likes of David Bowie contributing.
And here we are at the present. Arcade fire have not released an album for some time now, with Reflektor being their most recent release. No doubt fans are eagerly awaiting release of the next album scheduled to drop on July 28th. Though they can’t have Everything Now, the title track has already been pushed out, together with the following video:
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