Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Genre

Alternative

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Biography

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of RĂ©gine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne’s performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting partnership. Romance followed shortly thereafter, and the duo expanded its sound by gathering Parry on organ, Kingsbury on bass, and Win Butler’s younger brother, William, on synthesizer and percussion. Drawing from the bandmates’ varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2’s passion to David Bowie’s eclecticism in the process.

Featured Songs

Song Title Val's Playlist Genre Tempo Length Hear Song
Keep the Car Running Alternative Fast 3:29 Hear Song
Keep the Car Running Taste of Lollapalooza 3; WORKOUT :: Guy With a Six Pack Alternative 3:29 Hear Song
Modern Man Wicked Clever Alternative 4:39 Hear Song
Ready to Start A Bit o' Brit Alternative 4:15 Hear Song
Suburban War To The Coast Alternative 4:45 Hear Song
The Suburbs Take the Short Cut Alternative 5:15 Hear Song
The Suburbs Alternative 5:15 Hear Song
We Used to Wait Break It Down Alternative 5:01 Hear Song

Featured Albums

The Suburbs

The Suburbs

  • Genre: Alternative
  • Release Date: 8.3.10