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Arcade Fire
Background information
Origin Montreal, Québec, Canada
Genre(s) Indie Rock
Baroque Pop
Alternative rock
Years active 2003-present
Label(s) Merge
Rough Trade
Final Fantasy
Bell Orchestre
Win Butler
Regine Chassagne
Richard Reed Parry
Will Butler
Tim Kingsbury
Sarah Neufeld
Jeremy Gara
Former members
Howard Billerman
Josh Deu
Brendan Reed
Myles Broscoe
Dane Mills
Tim Kyle

Arcade Fire are an indie rock group from Montreal, Canada, and founded by the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. The group uses of a large number of musical instruments, in addition to mainstream rock instruments (guitar, drums, and bass guitar), such as bowed string instruments, accordions, various brass and harps. In 2004, they recorded their first full-length album Funeral.



Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in the UK. The title of the debut album referred to the deaths of several relatives of band members during its recording. The album managed to become a success, primarily through the internet, without major label backing. By November 2005, Funeral had gone gold in both Canada and the UK, this was massive for an album with little TV and radio attention. On the April 4, Arcade Fire were featured on the 2005 cover of Time's Canadian edition and hailed as a band who "helped put Canadian music on the world map".

Funeral and the single "Cold Wind" were nominated for Grammys in the best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for Television, Film, or Other Media categories. The band was also nominated for three BRIT Awards: Best International Group, Best International Album, and Best International Breakthrough Act.


Neon Bible

On June 26, 2006, Win Butler announced that work had been progressing on their new album and the band had committed 15 tracks to tape. The first track officially released from Neon Bible was "Intervention" in December 2006 on iTunes. The album was officially released March 5, 2007 in the UK and March 6 in North America, after being leaked months earlier to P2P networks.

The Neon Bible tour continued into September 2007 with 25+ dates scheduled in North America and Europe through mid-November.

Present work

In February 2008, Win Butler announced on the band's journal that the Neon Bible tour had come to an end, after one year of touring and a total of 122 shows. Arcade Fire have since performed two free concerts for Barrack Obama, whom Win has been a vocal supporter of, in Cleveland and Nelsonville, Ohio




  • Arcade Fire (2003)


  • "Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)" (2004)
  • "Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)" (2005)
  • "Cold Wind" (2005)
  • "Black Mirror" (2007)
  • "Keep the Car Running" (2007)
  • "Intervention" (2007)
  • "No Cars Go" (2007)

Appear On


  • 2005


Mix CDs

Radio Shows

Further Reading

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