Formation and Incredible Success
Two of the founding members, Win Butler and Josh Deu met during high school and began jamming. These informal playing sessions changed to extensive practice and the duo named their musical collaboration as Arcade Fire. In 2001, they invited Regine Chassagne, a music student and future wife of Win, to write and compose demos. The trio put together some of their original material with the help of other musicians. Besides performing at different gigs and events, the band recorded songs for their first self-titled EP. The EP was released in the fall of 2003 and it received a favorable response from their listeners and fans.
Signing with the Merge Records, Arcade Fire released their debut studio record, Funeral in 2004. The album hit the music charts in different countries including the US and UK. Receiving a great commercial and critical response, it eventually went Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. It also ranked at second on NME’s list of Best Albums of 2005. The band launched their first headlining Funeral Tour and packed multiple venues around the world.
Arcade Fire came up with another acclaimed record, Neon Bible in 2007. The album topped the Canadian Albums chart and peaked at two on Billboard 200. With thousands of units sold worldwide, the album received Gold and Platinum certifications. Neon Bible won a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. The band celebrated this success by headlining a number of festivals during their Neon Bible Tour. Arcade Fire tickets sales shot up quickly and made their tour an international success.
The band’s third record, The Suburbs was released in 2010 and it surpassed all the success records of their previous albums. It topped the music charts in UK, Canada and the US and earned Gold and Platinum certifications for its millions of sales. Arcade Fire also racked up a number of accolades including a Juno, NME and Grammy Award. Another international tour maintained their pervasive fame.
After their tour, Arcade Fire headed back to the studios to record their fourth album. Reflektor was released to international acclaim in October 2013 and it proved to another Canadian, UK and Billboard 200 chart topper. The band was featured in one of the episodes of Saturday Night Live which was seen by almost 6 million viewers. In addition, the band provided music score for the science fiction film, Her. With a futuristic vision about music, Arcade Fire continues to raise the bar of modern rock through their cutting-edge style.
Arcade Fire’s latest concert series, Reflektor Tour was announced after the widespread success of their newest studio record. The band has confirmed the show dates and will be playing their concerts at multiple venues across the world. Besides their international performances, the band will be headlining 2014 Glastonbury Festival for the first time. Catch them live at your nearest venue to bang your heads to their greatest hits.