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Arcade Fire - Mega Superthread. All gig/new album discussion.

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  • tok9 wrote: »
    For some reason I'm only finding out about this album now.

    Must give it a listen during the day but I can't believe they're playing in London next week. I would have definitely gone if I'd known.

    Was near impossible to get a ticket, and even if you got through at 9.00am on ticketmaster, for the general sale or the pre-sale, you needed to have a valid credit card with a UK billing address in order to validate the sale.

    I didn't bother with the pre-sale but I tried to get general tickets just in case the UK address thing was just for the pre-sale, and got 2 tickets lined up for the 11th, but when I got through to the delivery page to enter my address again it said that they are unavailable to people outside the UK. It's a paperless ticket so they need to be able to swipe your card.

    A shame but I didn't really expect to get them anyway so no loss really. Holding out for the rumoured Irish date.




  • 8-10 wrote: »
    Was near impossible to get a ticket, and even if you got through at 9.00am on ticketmaster, for the general sale or the pre-sale, you needed to have a valid credit card with a UK billing address in order to validate the sale.

    I didn't bother with the pre-sale but I tried to get general tickets just in case the UK address thing was just for the pre-sale, and got 2 tickets lined up for the 11th, but when I got through to the delivery page to enter my address again it said that they are unavailable to people outside the UK. It's a paperless ticket so they need to be able to swipe your card.

    A shame but I didn't really expect to get them anyway so no loss really. Holding out for the rumoured Irish date.


    Fair enough. It is a pity though. Would love to see them again and the venue looks pretty cool.

    I'd be happy right now if google let me buy the album off the play store. Keep getting an error.




  • Really not impressed by the album. I thought 'Reflektor' was (and is) a superb single but the album is desperately overcooked. Some of their weakest songs litter the album - 'You Already Know', 'Awful Sound' which sounds like it's been recorded by a supergroup for disaster relief. Lyrically it's pretty awful at times too. There just doesn't seem to be any quality control with them anymore - too many tracks that just aren't good enough and does 'Supersymmetry' really need that ridiculous 6 minute coda?




  • mosstin wrote: »
    Really not impressed by the album. I thought 'Reflektor' was (and is) a superb single but the album is desperately overcooked. Some of their weakest songs litter the album - 'You Already Know', 'Awful Sound' which sounds like it's been recorded by a supergroup for disaster relief. Lyrically it's pretty awful at times too. There just doesn't seem to be any quality control with them anymore - too many tracks that just aren't good enough and does 'Supersymmetry' really need that ridiculous 6 minute coda?

    I felt the same for the first week but some of the tracks are real growers. Porno in particular is incredible, Afterlife and Reflektor also stand out.

    I agree about it being disjointed though, and I really dislike the fact that it's a double album for 13 tracks.




  • I'm just through my first listen now. Some really excellent tracks on it; 'We Exist', and 'Here Comes The Night Time'. Some good tracks; 'Reflektor', 'Supersymmetry', and 'Porno'. Most of the rest are really quite awful. All of the songs that they tried to do something different on are interesting and mostly great, but it just seems with the rest they went back to default Arcade Fire mode, but with songs that aren't as good as most on previous albums.

    That being said, I'll listen a good few more times. The Suburbs took a while to grow on me and for me to appreciate as much as I now do.

    The best thing they've done IMO is Sprawl II.


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  • Awful! My favourite two songs from it are It's Never Over and Afterlife!




  • Good reviews everywhere about the gig last night in London. Hugely looking forward to seeing them live again




  • Normal Person and Flashbulb Eyes (not long enough!) are the standouts from side 1 for me. Not sure what to make of side 2 yet.




  • Dates are out for the North American tour - looks like they might come to Europe between May and July
    March 7: Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)

    March 8: Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)

    March 10: Auburn Hills, MI (The Palaces of Auburn Hills)

    March 12: Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)

    March 13: Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)

    March 14: Ottawa, Ontario (Canadian Tire Centre)

    March 16: Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)

    March 17: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)

    March 18: Bridgeport, CT (Webster Bank Arena) A

    pril 9: Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

    April 10: Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)

    April 23: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)

    April 26: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)

    April 17: St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)

    April 29: Columbus, OH (Schottenstein Center)

    May 1: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)

    May 2: Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood)

    July 30: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)

    Aug. 8: Seattle, WA (Gorge Amphitheatre)

    Aug. 11: Edmonton, Alberta (Rexall Place)

    Aug. 12: Calgary, Alberta (Scotiabank Saddledome)

    Aug. 14: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)

    Aug. 17: Washington, DC (Verizon Center)

    Aug. 19: Boston, MA (Comcast Center)

    Aug. 22: Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)

    Aug. 23: Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)

    Aug. 26: Chicago, IL (United Center)

    Aug. 30: Montreal, Quebec (Parc Jean-Drapeau)




  • Dates are out for the North American tour - looks like they might come to Europe between May and July

    Already have these confirmed:

    29-31 May 2014 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
    13-15 Jun 2014 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival
    20-22 Jun 2014 - Scheeßel, DE - Hurricane Festival
    20-22 Jun 2014 - Tuttlingen, DE - Southside Festival

    I'd expect Glasto to be announced also


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  • Reflektor didn't grow on me the way I thought it would. It's officially a disappointment for me. That said, I think 'Reflektor', 'We Exist' and 'Porno' are great songs, but three great songs doesn't make a great album.




  • Reflektor didn't grow on me the way I thought it would. It's officially a disappointment for me. That said, I think 'Reflektor', 'We Exist' and 'Porno' are great songs, but three great songs doesn't make a great album.
    5 great songs- Oh Orpheus and Afterlife are gems.




  • Seeing these guys tomorrow night, really looking forward to hearing how the new songs sound live.




  • 8-10 wrote: »
    Seeing these guys tomorrow night, really looking forward to hearing how the new songs sound live.

    bastard! took a while but loving REFLEKTOR now... great live potential!




  • so lucky! how was it? can't wait for some irish dates.




  • Reflektor was definitely a slow burner for me too. I absolutely can't get enough of it now, though.




  • Too many poor tracks on this to make it a good album. Shame.




  • so lucky! how was it? can't wait for some irish dates.

    Was pretty amazing to be honest. Small venue suits them perfectly. New songs mostly sounded great live with a couple of exceptions, Flashbulb Eyes, We Exist and Joan of Arc the weakest, the latter surprised me.

    But Reflektor is a stormer of a song, Afterlife and Hey Orpheus also. Not too many older songs but Power Out, Wake Up, Haiti and Sprawl II were there with an acapella version of My Body is a Cage from one of the balconies to start the gig, as well as that Clash cover that they play that I don't particularly like.

    Terrific atmosphere though and solid venue. Win did a DJ set afterwards which was grand, nothing special but got us dancing.

    Couldn't get tickets for tonight's gig so back in Dublin now but looking forward to Irish shows next year.




  • Performing on Graham Norton tonight




  • 8-10 wrote: »
    Performing on Graham Norton tonight

    Graham will be looking forward to appearing on the next album then.


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  • saw them tonight in San Francisco...pretty amazing show, it was only 1 hour but a good few news ones. He started the show sing "my body is a cage" in the middle of the audience, then ran up on stage and launched into the full set.

    THe album transfers to the stage very well.




  • June 29th then, Marlay Park with Pixies as support. Nice.




  • Same weekend as Glastonbury too. Not sure how relevant that is.




  • S.M.B. wrote: »
    Same weekend as Glastonbury too. Not sure how relevant that is.

    Means they'll play Glasto on the Fri or Saturday I guess. They're in this part of the world so seems convenient.




  • Means they'll play Glasto on the Fri or Saturday I guess. They're in this part of the world so seems convenient.

    Looks like Friday, they'll definitely be a headliner




  • 8-10 wrote: »
    Looks like Friday, they'll definitely be a headliner

    Other stage maybe. I cannot see them being given a Friday night Pyramid slot.




  • Other stage maybe. I cannot see them being given a Friday night Pyramid slot.

    Nah I see them on the Pyramid. We'll see though. ;)




  • I can sell my Earls Court ticket if that's the case. Hope they're on the other stage though.




  • Has to be their best album. You can see them achieving maturity as a band. Singing about the same themes as in Funeral, Suburbs and Neon Bible - love, loss. death - but there's just so much more there. In Funeral they were obsessed with (and terrified by) the inescapabilty of death, in Suburbs they avoided death entirely by retreating to their childhoods [In the backseat was the perfect link-song between the two]. Reflektor recognises the truth in that Who line, 'Let's get together before we get much older'. Very humanist. They square up to death and say bring it on! Epic stuff, can't wait to see them live.

    Song of the year for me



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  • Sickened I won't be in the country but have a ticket for Earls Court so all is not lost


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