This week's entry is a band renowned the world over, but even some of their fans may not know they're as Canadian as The Beachcombers, Casey and Finnegan, and Jim Carrey (Whaaa?!? Him too?!? The conspiracy continues...): Montreal's Arcade Fire.
When asked about the rumour that the band's name refers to a fire in an arcade, frontman Win Butler replied: "It's not a rumour, it's based on a story that someone told me. It's not an actual event, but one that I took to be real. I would say that it's probably something that the kid made up, but at the time I believed him."
They've done their own thing right from the start, with their own sound and style. They're the epitome of what every band wants: creative control from the start, with fans loving what you do and not bending to anyone else's whims.
You can pick out any one of at least 10 different musical influences in each song, but they all come together to make the signature Arcade Fire sound. They could record Dolly Parton's Jolene and The Prodigy's Firestarter on the same album and the songs would become Arcade classics. Two of rock's most revered Davids, Mssrs. Byrne (Talking Heads) and Bowie, professed their love for these Canucks.
Not too shabby.
They've made the unrefined, elementary-school art of papier-mâché into a viable rock n' roll prop...
...and they even inspired a former Spider Man/Best Actor Oscar nominee to dress in drag for one of their videos:
Arcade Fire is, well, on fire (heh heh) at the moment. The world, as the saying goes, is their oyster. And you know what they'd do with that oyster? They would turn it into an eccentric-yet-anthemic gem of a tune that could only come from them.
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