See Also: http://www.arcadefire.com/
Seeing The Arcade Fire perform live is like witnessing an ancient, fantastical machine in operation. Each part is staffed by a highly trained individual, each performing their very specific function. Together they create something far greater than the sum of the parts.
The show at Brixton Academy on 15th March was an awesome spectacle. In an amazing venue, the set created an almost holy/industrial feel, and the sheer number of people on stage emphasised that. Each band member seemed to be happily doing their own thing, but in totally synchrony with the rest of the group. This makes for a totally captivating performance. I've never seen a band that's quite so visually engaging on stage; one minute you can watch the tambourine guy, the next the violinist, then the female vocalist. Oh hang on a minute, now the female vocalist in on drums, the drummer guy is playing keyboards, and the tambourine guy has a guitar! And they all switched over in the dark, while the music was still going.
Frontman Win's voice was suffering a bit from sinus issues, and you could tell in places, but the band all carried each other. The spine-tingling from openers Keep The Car Running and No Cars Go was only just subsiding when the crowd helped out on tracks like Neighborhood 1 and Wake Up and my world was truly rocked.
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