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The Arcade Fire's chemistry surpasses their music and sound; within their group is friendship and even marriage. Band founders, front-men and now husband and wife, Win Butler and RĂ©gine Chassagne, formed The Arcade Fire in 2003 in Montreal, Canada. The Arcade Fire experienced very early success and signed with Merge Records within their first year as a group. The meaning of their name has been rumored to, quite literally, refer to an arcade that caught fire. As it turns out, Win Butler confirmed this rumor to be true, explaining that the band's name comes from a story another boy once told him (while Win, to this day, remains unsure whether the story of the arcade on fire was real or a fable).

While the band experienced various member adjustments throughout its years, its distinct sound remains a constant. The Arcade Fire's sound is similar to Wolf Parade with some orchestral flares mixed in. Sometimes their tunes are epic and explosive, throwing in harmonies similar to TV on the Radio, and other times they are simpler and melodic. The Arcade Fire's developed and ambitious approach has delivered them enormous success and recognition from major music forces, such as Rolling Stone.


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Sep 21, 2007 - Shoreline Amphitheatre popup plur92
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