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Arcade Fire Biography

The Alternative-Rock band Arcade Fire was formed in Montreal, Quebec CANADA, in mid-2003 by husband and wife, vocalist + guitarist Win Butler and vocalist + accordionist Régine Chassagne.

Initially a quintet rounded out by bassist Tim Kingsbury, organist Richard Reed Parry and Win's little brother Will Butler on synthesizer + drums, the group soon recorded and self-produced their eponymous debut 7-track EP which led to their signing with Merge Records.

Their first full-length disc, "Funeral", appeared in September 2004 and eventually crept up into the top 30 in their native Canada; it also charted at #131 on The Billboard 200, south of the border and cracked the top 40 on the other side of the Atlantic spawning the U.K. top 30 hit single "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)".
With violinist Sarah Neufeld and drummer Jeremy Gara, Arcade Fire toured for more than a year, with high-profile slots at the Lollapalooza and Coachella festivals and a sold-out run of headlining theater dates as well as opening for such outstanding artists as David Bowie, David Byrne and U2.

Their sophomore effort, "Neon Bible", was released in March 2007. The new album makes use of a pipe organ, the hurdy gurdy, a military choir and a full Hungarian orchestra; it became a massive worldwide hit reaching #1 in Canada, #2 in U.S. and U.K and #7 in Australia. The first single, "Black Mirror", was announced in January 2007, "Keep The Car Running" followed two months later, falling just shy of reaching the top 30 of the U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The final single, "No Cars Go", made a brief chart appearance on the U.K. Top 100.

Recorded around Montreal and New York and released in August 2010 the sextet's third outing, "The Suburbs", took them to a new level of popularity, in fact it not only opened up at #1, atop The Billboard 200 and the Top Canadian Albums charts, but also held the same position in almost all the North European charts. The first single, the title-track, was released as a 12-inch single in late May 2010 going straight into the top 20 of the Alternative Rock airplay chart in Canada. That fall "Ready To Start" peaked at #16 on the U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks and a few months later "We Used To Wait" crawled up to #22 on the same chart. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, "The Suburbs" won the award for Album Of The Year.

In 2012 Arcade Fire contributed a song titled "Abraham's Daughter" to the T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack for the film "The Hunger Games".

Now, nine years and three albums after their inception, Arcade Fire are arguably one of the most acclaimed Alternative-Rock ensemble; in October 2013 they released "Reflektor" and it soon went to #1 in Canada, U.K. and U.S. producing an immediate Alternative Songs top 20 hit with the title-track.


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Arcade Fire pictures:

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    Group shot 2004
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    "Neon Bible" publicity shot