Canadian band, Arcade Fire is an indie rock band. Members include husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, however, this was not the original band. Founded by Win Butler and Josh Deu (who left the band to continue h... More
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Canadian band, Arcade Fire is an indie rock band. Members include husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, however, this was not the original band. Founded by Win Butler and Josh Deu (who left the band to continue his studies) in 2001, the two founded Arcade Fire in Montreal during their time at Concordia University. They started performing at McGill University where they met and Régine Chassagne, who was a music student, and they asked her if she would join the band. The trio started making demos and performing live with other members such as multi-instrumentalist Tim Kyle, bassist Alan Lavian, guitarist/drummer Dane Mills, and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Reed. During the summer of 2002 the band started to dissolve just as they were about to record their self-titled EP. Joshua Deu at this time had left the band for his studies, and an argument broke out on stage between Butler and Mills at a show in Montreal to release their EP. After Mills had quit the band, Win’s brother William Butler and Tim Kingsbury were brought to replace Reed and Mills.
These early live shows that they performed allowed Arcade Fire to land a record deal with independent label, Merge Records. Their first album, Funeral, was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in Great Britain. During its recording, many of the band members’ relatives died, hence the name Funeral, as well as the melancholy atmosphere of the songs on their first album. Such songs included “Une année sans lumière" ("A Year Without Light"), “In the Backseat”, and “Haiti”. This album became Merge Records’ first in the Billboard 200 chart and their biggest selling album to date. Funeral and the single “Cold Wind” were nominated for Grammys in the Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Six Feet Under).
Their second studio album, Neon Bible, was leaked on January 26, 2007, and was officially released on March 5, 2007 in the UK and March 6 in North America. Neon Bible was number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, and number two on the U.S Billboard Top 200 charts. On February 24, 2007 Arcade Fire made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live and performed “Intervention” and “Keep the Car Running”. Their third album, The Suburbs, was produced by Markus Dravs who also produced Neon Bible. This album was released August 2, 2010 in the UK and on August 3 in the U.S and Canada. Following the album’s release, Arcade Fire performed two sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Arcade Fire won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards for The Suburbs, and then won Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards. Their fourth and most recent album, Reflektor, was released on October 28, 2013. This album was recorded in Jamaica, Montreal, and New York. Arcade Fire will be going on their Reflektor tour, which started February 21 and will end in August in their hometown of Montreal, Canada.