Weekly Artist Spotlight: Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is jumping back into the spotlight four years after their last studio album and major tour. The indie-rock group are set to release their highly-anticipated fifth album Everything Now on July 28, followed immediately by a headlining appearance at Lollapalooza and 27-date North American tour. 

The Montreal-based band began to gain a following in the early 2000s on the indie music scene for their eclectic sound which garnered comparisons to the likes of David Bowie and U2. Their debut album Funeral showcased the band’s ability to produce memorable tracks with meaningful lyrics. The album earned particular praise for the bittersweet yet uplifting message sent to listeners about the subject of loss and grief, as the effort was inspired by the deaths of four band members’ loved ones. Funeral not only put Arcade Fire on the map, but left listeners wanting more.

Their next three albums, Neon Bible, The Suburbs, and Reflektor, topped the chart in their native Canada and cemented an increased popularity on American radio waves. The Suburbs explored older sounds that shaped brothers Win and William Butler’s childhood, which paid off for the band in a big way: the album earned a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011.

The group continues to surprise fans today with their evolving sound which proves that they may be one of the select few artists who can pull off such musical diversity. Their latest single “Everything Now” is a bouncy, keyboard-driven track that brings to mind disco-pop hits of the 1970s (notably ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”) while masterfully staying relevant to the indie-rock sound that defines them. If the lead single is any indication as to what type of direction their newest album will take, fans can expect to be pleasantly surprised.

Arcade Fire will headline Lollapalooza on the festival’s fourth and final day on August 6 at Grant Park in Chicago. Less than a month later, they kick off their Infinite Content tour in Quebec on September 5, traveling to 27 North American cities before wrapping up November 3 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are on sale now and available here.