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The American-Canadian band Arcade Fire (let’s steer clear of too many typecasts here, they make music) have been together in some shape or form since they recorded their debut EP, a self-titled, self-released affair with seven tracks featuring original members Win and Will Butler, Régine Chassagne, Josh Deu, Richard Reed Parry and others from their art and music circles in Montreal, Quebec. With their fortuitous blend of multi-instrumental skill, intense song writing and passionate vocal style allied to promising live shows they created the perfect opener in Funeral, a disc that became an obsession with their fans and sold over a million copies, despite being on the independent label Merge. As demand for their presence became a phenomenon Arcade Fire took their extraordinary array of tunes and instruments to the people and wowed festival goers from Coachella to Leeds, Lowlands in the Netherlands to Vegoose and Reading. No longer any kind of well-kept secret their magnificent collaboration with David Bowie on the latter’s “Five Years” at the Fashion Festival in 2006, a mutual love affair with U2 during the `Vertigo Tour and outstanding end of year poll showings rubber stamped their status. The subsequent discs Neon Bible, The Suburbs and Reflektor saw them touch Platinum and Gold and top charts worldwide in the process. Offshoot projects include the soundtrack to Spike Jonze movie Her, a version of Peter Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers” for his tribute album And I’ll Scratch Yours, backing up Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live and an NBC special that featured cameo appearances by Ben Stiller, Bono, comedian/actor Bill Hader and others. They have won two BRIT Awards (for The Suburbs, as Best International album and group), two Grammy Awards (The Suburbs again), and numerous Canadian Juno Awards. Suffice to say that in the space of a decade Arcade Fire have become one of the key bands whose intelligent and sometimes provocative dedication to their work turns fans into fanatics and draws newcomers under their spell.

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Reflektor
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
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The Suburbs
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
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Neon Bible
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
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