Arcade Fire on Fire
The band Arcade Fire seems to be metaphorically on fire these days to the point of being one of the most over blogged bands of 2004.
From More Cowbell (via Chromewaves) comes word of a stream from December 1, 2004 at the Jackpot Saloon in Lawrence, KS, with interviews and performance videos.
"The Arcade Fire is one of the year's most unexpected success stories. The Montreal-based collective's debut album "Funeral" has been both critically adored and dissected (the album's themes of reconciliation and mourning were inspired by the deaths of family members). Despite the solemn existentialist overtones, the band's music is quite uplifting. Like Broken Social Scene or The Walkmen, The Arcade Fire divides its efforts between soaring rock songs and sublime indie-folk."
Also, a positive review of the Arcade Fire's album Funeral on Better Propaganda. Writes Darren Susin:
" "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)" starts off quasi-Joy Division and I can see where the comparisons come in; but they add more than just the 80s to their song. They combine styles and instruments to create a gorgeous collection of sounds, bits, and noise. Hard thumping drums, distant screaming double vocals once again provide the back drop for a build up that really highlites the drumming."
More with an Arcade Fire in studio performance on KCRW Music: Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Concert photos of Arcade Fire on Chromewaves blog.