Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Funeral

You must be living under a rock if you’ve never heard of Arcade Fire. Don’t worry if you haven’t! Just keep reading this article and everything will be ok. Arcade Fire is an indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec. I first heard of them when I turned eleven, receiving their album as a birthday gift, and consequentially ranking in the top best birthday gifts ever.

The seven-piece band currently uses a multitude of instruments such as guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and the hurdy-gury. With most of these instruments being taken on tour, the multi-instrumentalists will switch off playing these instruments throughout their shows. Their vocals, lead by Win Butler, are usually accompanied by his wife Règine Chassange, and others, who scream out lyrics like a band would with their best friends nearby.

Their first album, Funeral, speaks about family, friends and neighborhoods. In fact, they have four songs titled “Neighborhood #1” through “Neighborhood #4,” all being equally interesting and different. However, their music is not always happy in lyrics as they are in sound, with much of their words speaking towards the lessons we have to learn in life and the experiences of running away and looking back on death. Still, you will find Arcade Fire fans smiling and singing the songs as though they were singing “Happy Birthday” to their child. There is something about the way this band can place a heavy reminder on a person and then instantly lift their spirits with their instruments.

Since they are from Quebec, their songs also incorporate French in songs like “Une Annee Sans Lumiere.” If you’re looking for a fun and pumped sound listen to “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).” This song is extremely fun to sing and dance to! Other than that, I suggest listening to “Wake Up” and “Rebellion (Lies).” You can also listen to their other two albums Neon Bible and The Suburbs (Radio Rip), both of which only grow on their first albums excitement!