When Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011 there were a lot of people – including at the Grammys – asking themselves: “Who?”
Arcade Fire burst on the scene as big as can be. I saw them in Barclays Center in Brooklyn – the home of the Nets basketball team – a huge arena. It was sold out and even though I was in the nosebleed seats, it was an awesome spectacle. Costumes are big with Arcade Fire. About half the crowd were wearing them. Arcade Fire manages to combine strong messages, great sounds, nostalgia, and fun all in one package.
Arcade Fire just released a new album and reactions are mixed. I’m blaming that on the fact that kids are growing up and not changing with the times. Arcade Fire is changing and that’s brilliant. In only the last ten years we’ve entered the world of having everything at our fingertips. The world is changing fast. Go with the feelings and you’ll grow right along with Arcade Fire.
Can you be this big and still be Indie? Yes – because the next time they win a Grammy – most people will still not know who they are. They are a great example of how you need to pay attention in the modern music world. If all you do is watch TV – you will probably never hear of half the stuff that is really going on out there. Great band – moving on.
On this playlist:
The Suburbs – it starts out like it’s going to be a nice nostalgia piece about growing up in the suburbs. Nope. This is hard stuff. Evocative and frightening. Arcade Fire brings big sound and powerful messages and the crowd eats it up.
We Used to Wait – From the same album they sing about a world many of you never knew. Writing letters, waiting for the mail to come, etc. The world has changed and we love it and sometimes regret it.
Everything Now – From the new album of the same name. Google it. After all, right there, you’ve got everything now – right there in your hand. Is everything enough? Nope – this generation is going to be the one to figure out how to make living with everything into an authentic human experience. I think we can do it.
YouTube playlist: Arcade Fire
Spotify playlist: Arcade Fire