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Arcade Fire (formed 1995)
Arcade Fire is a Canadian alternative rock band. They have released two full-length studio albums; Funeral and Neon Bible.

The Early Years: Arcade Fire began whilst Win Butler studied at the Phillips Exeter Academy. The original line-up of the band consisted of Win Butler, Josh Deu and Tim Kyle (Kyle is now in the band Wild Light). The existing formation of the band began in 2003 in Montreal, Canada, with Butler's wife Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett (also of Final Fantasy).

In late 2003, early 2004, the band recorded the tracks that would later make up their debut album, Funeral. Prior to its release, Arcade Fire released an EP, known as the 'Us Kids Know' EP. Originally, the disc was only sold informally at shows but when the band gained notoriety, the EP was remastered and given a wider release.

The band members play a wide range of musical instruments, including hurdy gurdy, harp, mandolin and French horn and the band members frequently swap instruments when they play live.

Line-up: As well as Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the main members of the band are: William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld and Tim Kingsbury.

The touring band also includes Owen Pallett, Marika Anthony-Shaw, Kelly Pratt, Colin Stetson and Pietro Amato.

Howard Bilerman played drums on Funeral but no longer collaborates with the band.

Funeral and onwards: Arcade Fire's debut album Funeral was released in Canada first, in September 2004 and then in the UK in February 2005. Several of the band members' relatives had passed away during the recording of the album, hence the title.

The success of Funeral was unprecedented and Merge Records sold out of their original run of CDs, whilst the album became the label's first release to hit the US charts. David Bowie picked up on the recordings and created a great deal of attention for the band.

In 2005, Arcade Fire played a number of popular music festivals across the world, including Coachella, Reading and Leeds and Lollapalooza.

In September 2005, Arcade Fire performed with David Bowie at the Fashion Rocks event and the tracks were later made available on iTunes. That same month, they also played on Top of the Pops, playing 'Rebellion (Lies)'. The band also opened for U2 on their 'Vertigo' tour and joined U2 for a cover of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division. They also appeared on Later with Jools Holland in May 2005.

Before they began recording their second album Neon Bible, Arcade Fire bought a derelict church in Farnham, Quebec and turned it into a recording studio.

The debut track to be released from Neon Bible was 'Intervention'. Despite having been leaked on the internet, the album became available in March 2007. The album went to number one in the Canadian album charts as well as the Irish album chart. The first physical release from the album was 'Black Mirror', which was compared by many critics to Echo and the Bunnymen.

In October 2007, Win and Régine appeared onstage with Bruce Springsteen, playing 'Keep the Car Running' and 'State Trooper'. The band also played a number of free concerts in support of Barack Obama's US presidential campaign in 2008.

A DVD entitled Mirior Noir, featuring footage from the Neon Bible tour was released for pre-order in December 2008.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Arcade Fire To Be Honoured For Philanthropy At Junos


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The Reflektor stars will be presented with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the ceremony on 2 April (16), one day prior to the annual Canadian music prizegiving.

Win Butler and his bandmates are receiving the honour in recognition of their charity work in Haiti

"It is an honour. We are very thankful," Arcade Fire co-founder Regine Chassagne, whose parents are Haitian, said in a statement. "It helps us continue the work."

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Arcade Fire Stars Shut Down New Orleans For David Bowie Tribute Parade


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The Reflektor stars joined forces with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to celebrate the Let's Dance legend's legacy with a musical event they called Pretty Things, named after Bowie's 1971 track, Oh! You Pretty Things.

As requested, devotees showed up in their "best Bowie outfit or something more strange" to honour the beloved artist, who lost his battle with cancer on 10 January (16).

The colourful congregation followed Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, dressed in a bright pink suit, from the city's Preservation Hall to concert venue One Eyed Jacks as he and his bandmate and wife Regine Chassagne led the crowd in mass sing-a-longs of Bowie hits Oh! You Pretty Things, Heroes, Suffragette City, and Fame with the help of electric megaphones.

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Arcade Fire Organise Memorial Street Parade For David Bowie


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The group teamed up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to create the parade to honour Bowie, who passed away on Sunday (10Jan16) aged 69 after a battle with cancer.

Bowie fans are encouraged to dress up in their "best Bowie outfit or something more strange" to join the parade as it travels from the Preservation Hall to concert venue One Eyed Jacks on Saturday afternoon (16Jan16).

Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe said Arcade Fire stars Win Butler and Regine Chassagne came up with the idea, telling Nola.com, "I thought maybe we could play a couple songs at the Hall, and it was really Win and Regine who said we need to parade... That's the way Bowie would want us to celebrate. With theater and tradition and music. He would want people out in the street dancing."

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Review

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Arcade Fire were never going to make your standard fly-on-the-wall documentary. While they appear to have fun onstage, music-wise they do take themselves very seriously, and they have every right to do so. They could've been your standard, early-2000s indie band, but instead they have grown and evolved in ways that their contemporaries have failed to. Each of their albums stand alone; similar to, but never the same, as their predecessor. The band are intelligent and experimental, so it was natural that they would want to explore their music's routes in an interesting and thought-provoking manner. Unfortunately, the film does so in a way that puts an invisible barrier between the band and the audience.

Visually, the film is stunning. It's half music documentary, half art video. The transitions and colours are beautiful, and the clever editing to pick out one solo instrument or vocal in a track is unique and exciting. However, there are just so many colours, noises, and jump cuts to take in that it can get jarring. At a couple of points, a song will be just about to reach the chorus or an exciting part of a live performance, and it will suddenly cut away to a completely different piece of footage. The barrier goes up, and the fans are left wondering why they couldn't just watch the whole performance.

The only slight moments of intimacy are found with Régine Chassagne. With the 'Reflektor' album, she had a chance to truly embrace her Haitian heritage. Footage shows her with husband Win Butler experimenting with new sounds and rhythms which ended up forming the backbone of the album. You learn that she spent her younger life feeling invisible, something that she's now shunned with colourful, sparkling costumes onstage and a huge presence in their music. This is the album where she really came into her own and had the strongest influence in the band.

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Rocker Win Butler: 'Tidal Launch Was Poorly Managed'


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The rocker and his bandmate and wife Regine Chassagne are co-owners in the online app and they joined fellow investors including Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Madonna at the programme's big unveiling in March (15).

However, Tidal's launch was met with much criticism as it was revealed the service would cost double that of other similar streaming apps, like Spotify, and Butler admits they should have turned to PR professionals to properly handle the event and any fall out.

He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "None of the artists knew anything about the PR. It was a poorly managed launch, but conceptually the thing that we liked about Tidal was that it's HD (high-definition) streaming quality."

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Jack Ü Made 'album' With Arcade Fire Members


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Skrillex and Diplo have recorded ''an album worth of material'' with members of Arcade Fire.

The duo - who go by the name of Jack Ü - popped into the studio with singer Win Butler and his wife and fellow band member Régine Chassagne while on tour in Canada in July and although they originally claimed not to have made music together, they have now revealed their short session created enough music to make an LP.

Skrillex said: ''We just jammed on live instruments for 45 minutes and probably made an album worth of material.''

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'The Reflektor Tapes' Explores Meaning Behind Arcade Fire's Number One Album [Trailer]


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Arcade Fire are set to hit the big screen for the first time this Autumn with their unique upcoming documentary entitled 'The Reflektor Tapes', which comes two years after the release of their worldwide acclaimed album 'Reflektor'.

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The movie explores what went into the making of the globally chart-topping record, which gripped listeners in 2013 with singles such as 'Afterlife', 'We Exist' and, of course, 'Reflektor'. The Grammy winning alt-rock collective, fronted by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, recorded in Montreal alongside co-producers Markus Dravs and James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) after a long trip to Jamaica and went on to sell out venues internationally with the subsequent Reflektor Tour.

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Trailer


In 2013, Grammy winning rock band Arcade Fire released their number one, critically lauded album 'Reflektor'; a double album co-produced by James Murphy and Markus Dravs. Now the band are letting us into their world to explore the intricate making of this rara influenced record, from their first inspirations in Jamaica, their first recording sessions in Montreal and their highly publicized show in Haiti. 'There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads', says the band. 'We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.'

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Beyoncé Up For New MTV Award


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Beyoncé has been nominated for the Best Song with a Message prize at this year's MTV European Music Awards.

The R&B superstar is up for the accolade for her track 'Pretty Hurts' and the other shortlisted acts are Arcade Fire for 'We Exist', Hozier for their song 'Take Me to Church', Alicia Keys for 'We Are Here' and Meghan Trainor, who is up for her smash hit 'All About That Bass'.

The fresh EMAs category is sponsored by Someone Like Me, a global programme from Durex, and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation both of which want to inspire and empower a generation to overcome barriers to safer sex and respectful relationships and eradicate HIV.

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Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible' Recording Studio Set To Re-Open


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Arcade Fire's 128-year-old renovated church recording studio is to be reopened next month after being bought by Emery Street Records. The old red brick church is located in Farnham in Canada, and also saw artists like Timber Timbre, Wolf Parade and Beirut record within its walls. Named Grand Lodge No. 24, the building is a part of music history and, following its recent purchase, could yet prove to part of music's future. 

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The studio, located 65 kilometres to the south of Montreal, was originally built to serve as a Presbyterian church. It served as a café and music venue throughout the 80s and 90s, before being bought by Arcade Fire in 2005 following the release of their tremendously popular debut studio album, 'Funeral', in September, 2004. The Canadian indie rock band used the church as the location for recording the majority of their second studio album, 'Neon Bible', throughout 2006. Before recording began, the church was refurbished into a full recording studio with a living space that included a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. 

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Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

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Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2

Arcade Fire and Regine Chassagne - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2 - Arcade Fire - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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Arcade Fire Performing In Berlin, Germany

Win Butler (Arcade Fire) - Arcade Fire performing in Berlin, Germany - Berlin, Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 18th June 2014

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Arcade Fire Performing Live In Concert

Arcade Fire - Arcade Fire performing live in concert at Earls Court - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th June 2014

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Rock In Rio Lisboa - Day 4 - Performances

Arcade Fire - Rock in Rio Lisboa held at Parque da Bela Vista - Day 4 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Saturday 31st May 2014

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Arcade Fire were never going to make your standard fly-on-the-wall documentary. While they appear to...

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Trailer

In 2013, Grammy winning rock band Arcade Fire released their number one, critically lauded album...

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