->''"You can't watch your own image and also look yourself in the eye."''
--> -- '''Arcade Fire''', "Black Mirror"

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Arcade Fire are a UsefulNotes/{{Canad|a}}ian indie rock band formed in Montreal in 2001 by Texan ex-pat Win Butler (then a student at Concordia University in Montreal) and his Haitian-Quebecois then-girlfriend (now wife) Regine Chassagne (then a student at crosstown rival [=McGill=] University). Although their numbers can swell to ten on tour, the core band consists of seven musicians (most multi-instrumentalists): Butler (lead vocals, guitar) Chassagne (drums, accordion, vocals, everything), Richard Reed Parry (guitar, everything), Jeremy Gara (drums), Tim Kingsbury (bass), Win's brother Will Butler (keyboards, synth) and violinist Sarah Neufeld.

Since the release of their debut album ''Music/{{Funeral}}'' in 2004, the band has emerged as one of the most prominent indie rock outfits this side of 2000, garnering near-unanimous critical favour, and acquiring a reputation for dynamic live shows as well as [[ColbertBump several famous fans]]. [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]] and [[Music/TalkingHeads David Byrne]] have both sung their praises, and they've performed live with Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{U2}}, and Music/BruceSpringsteen. Arcade Fire are known for changing their sound between albums and once even between an EP and album, which always splits their fanbase. Despite this, their commercial success continues to increase.

The band's third album, ''Music/TheSuburbs'' was awarded the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, which many music writers claim is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the band, their label Merge Records, and independent music as a whole.

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!!Studio and Live Discography:

* ''Arcade Fire'' (2003)
* ''Music/{{Funeral}}'' (2004)
* ''Live EP (Live At Fashion Rocks)'' [[note]]A collaboration with Music/DavidBowie[[/note]] (2005)
* ''Neon Bible'' (2007)
* ''Music/TheSuburbs'' (2010)
* ''Reflektor'' (2013)
* ''Everything Now'' (2017)

!! Tropes associated with Arcade Fire include:

* AfterTheEnd: "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)".
* AlbumTitleDrop: Even discounting the ''two'' title tracks, ''Music/TheSuburbs'' is full of this.
** To be fair, the album's setting does take place in the suburbs, so it's not a excuse to drop the title of it repeatedly.
** While the band formed in Canada, Win Butler and his brother and band-mate William were born and raised in the suburbs [[note]]Big surprise, right?[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, Texas (particularly The Woodlands). Regine Chassagne, on the other hand, was born and raised in the suburbs of Montréal.
* Music/AlternativeDance: Since ''The Suburbs'' the band have slowly began to drift into this territory, eventually being consolidated with the more dance-orientated efforts ''Reflektor'' and ''Everything Now''.
* AnAesop: "The Well and the Lighthouse" is based off of one of Aesop's fables.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: "Crown of Love."
* ArcWords: "The kids" throughout the band's works, "the neighbourhood/neighbours" in ''Funeral'', "the suburbs" in, well, ''Music/TheSuburbs''. The phrase "can you see me" is also repeated several times in ''Reflektor'', as is the term "reflective age".
** The shared titles of the two "Half Light" songs and the two "Sprawl" songs also serve as this for both pairs.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Rebellion (Lies)," "Intervention," "No Cars Go," "Wake Up."
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Just try and count how many times some variation on the phrase "the kids" appear. Taken UpToEleven with ''The Suburbs''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Win Butler.
* BandOfRelatives: Type 1. Win and Will Butler, of course. Also, Win and Regine are married.
* BilingualBonus: The French lyrics. Since they formed in Quebec, and Regine hails from (and sings about) Haiti, it would probably be unwise to call it [[GratuitousFrench gratuitous]].
* BittersweetEnding: "In the Backseat" is this for ''Funeral.'' It comes at the end of an album that features childhood as a recurring theme, and "In the Backseat" is about growing up.
** More than that, "In the Backseat" is about death as well, reconnecting to the album's title. The 'backseat' may be be taken as the backseat of a family car, or the 'backseat' of a hearse. The lyric "I've been learning to drive/All my life" can also be taken two ways: passage from childhood into adulthood, and passage from life into whatever comes next. In that sense, the "Alice"--who is mentioned in the song to have died--could be either the singer herself, singing about herself, or someone who the singer was close to. Both interpretations are equally valid and equally bittersweet.
** "My Body is a Cage" is a more triumphant but still bittersweet finale for ''Neon Bible.''
** "The Suburbs (Continued)" (the last song on ''The Suburbs'') continues the themes of "In the Backseat" in a more direct way:
-->If I could have it back
-->All the time that I wasted
-->I'd only waste it again
-->I'd waste it again, again, again.
-->[[MeaningfulEcho Sometimes I can't believe it- I'm moving past the feeling...]]
* CallAndResponseSong: "Rebellion (Lies)"
** "No Cars Go."
** "It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)" with Win and Regine as [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus and Eurydice]].
* CallBack: The songs from ''Music/TheSuburbs'' have a lot of these, connecting the characters and settings of each song to another. There's even a call back to ''Neon Bible:'' In "(Antichrist Television Blues)" (from the latter album), the narrator prays to God for a child because "I wanna put it up on the TV screen." Later, in the title track of "The Suburbs," the narrator prays to God for a child, but for a very different reason ("I wanna show her some beauty before all this damage is done").
** "The Suburbs" (and the album of the same name) opens with "In the Suburbs I learned to drive/and you told me we'd never survive/grab your mother's keys, we're leaving." These lines allude to the last song on ''Funeral'' (''In The Backseat'' - "Alice died, in the night; I've been learning to drive, my whole life") and are themselves echoed more directly in the much bleaker "Suburban War."
** In turn, the phrase "This town is so strange/they built it to change" appears in "Suburban War" and is then referred to on the even darker track "Sprawl I (Flatland)."
** "Deep Blue" contains the line "a song from the speaker of a passing car/born from a dying star." A similar, but darker line appears in "Suburban War" as "The cities we live in could be distant stars/and I search for you in every passing car"
** "Wasted Hours" and "Month of May" both contain the line "first they built the road/and then they built the town/and that's why we're still driving around."
** The line "it makes me feel like something's wrong with me" in "Porno" echoes "Modern Man"'s "it makes me feel like... something don't feel right..."
** "Windowsill" features the line "You can't forgive what you can't forget". Fastforward to the final track, "My Body Is A Cage", and it's flipped to "just because you've forgotten that doesn't mean you're forgiven".
** "Normal Person"'s bridge is the outro of "We Exist."
** "Awful Sound"'s line "I met you up upon a stage, our love in a reflective age" reflects the line "we fell in love, alone on a stage, in a reflective age" from "Reflektor".
* ChildlessDystopia: Used as a metaphor in "City With No Children".
* ConceptAlbum: All of their albums have at least shades of this: ''Funeral'' focuses on aging, loss, and community; ''Neon Bible'' is darker and fixates on the apocalypse and religion, with television and the ocean also used as motifs; ''The Suburbs'' focuses on childhood and the past; ''Reflektor'' returns to religious themes, exploring death, the afterlife, and Myth/ClassicalMythology, as well as acting at least partially as a criticism of modern society; ''Everything Now'' continues to commentate on life in the 21st century, but with an more openly satirical and sarcastic bent than prior works.
* CostumePorn: Men in the band tend to look like 19th century farmers. Women wear ball gowns and opera gloves that seem to be a similar vintage. They've more or less abandoned this look recently for a modern semi-formal look while promoting the ''The Suburbs''.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Alluded to briefly in "Crown of Love."
* DarkerAndEdgier: Downplayed but still present with ''Neon Bible'', which has a decidedly darker and more serious tone than the band's other albums.
* DarkReprise: "Suburban War" for "The Suburbs."
** "Here Comes the Night Time II" for "Here Comes the Night Time."
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Reflektor''. The first half is looser and toys with rhythmic and dub elements from Jamaica, while the second half sounds like their preceding work. Each disc contains a version of "Here Comes the Night Time", with the second one opening the second disc as a DarkReprise of the first version.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: Not ''exactly,'' but all four albums have perhaps their most epic songs as the penultimate tracks: "Rebellion (Lies)" on ''Funeral'', "No Cars Go" from ''Neon Bible'', "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" off ''The Suburbs'', and "Afterlife" from ''Reflektor''.
** Weirdly, however, the vinyl version ''and only'' the vinyl version of ''The Suburbs'' does away with this, as the second-to-last track is ''not'' "Sprawl II," but the more mournful "Suburban War."
* EveryEpisodeEnding: At almost every show, (spoilered for those who wish to keep their live shows a surprise): [[spoiler:Rebellion (Lies) serves as the finale of the main show. The encore usually ends with "Intervention" or "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)."]]
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjxef8AfVQg this famous elevator version]] of "Neon Bible", Richard Reed Parry plays a magazine.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: "Reflektor" may be this trope's crowning moment.
* EyeScream: "Crown of Love" has a line about the narrator carving the name of the girl he loves across his eyelids. It's metaphorical, but it's still a gruesome image and adds to the bleak tone of the song.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Haiti" into "Rebellion (Lies)" on ''Funeral.''
** Also, a most of the songs on ''The Suburbs''.
** An unusual example with "Joan of Arc" and "Here Comes the Night Time II"- there's some quiet feedback and tape noise that allows them to segue into each other if played back-to-back, but they're on separate discs.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: On ''Funeral'', Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out) mildly foreshadows Rebellion (Lies): "Is it a dream? Is it a lie? I think I'll let you decide".
* GrowingUpSucks: "In the Backseat." Regine fearfully sings that she prefers watching the scenery from the backseat of a car, associating the driver's seat with growing old and eventually dying. When she gets to the final line, "I've been learning to drive my whole life," she [[HeroicBSOD realizes just what she is saying and begins wailing]].
* HiddenTrack: ''Reflektor'' features two: the first is before the title track and wholly gives into the idea of reflection, featuring a 10-minute abridged, percussion-less soundscape of the first disc entirely in reverse. "Supersymmetry" is followed by another 5-minute soundscape, this one played forwards and entirely unrelated to anything heard on the album.
* InTheStyleOf: A lot of ''Neon Bible'' has an overtly [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Springsteenian]] sound.
* LighterAndSofter: Many critics noted that the first half of ''Reflektor'' sounded like the band were thoroughly having fun. In the lead-up to the album's release, the band performed as The Reflektors, an alter ego based around bright carnival attire, and Carribean- and Latin-based percussion.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Sprawl I (Flatland)"
* LoveAtFirstNote: Win first met Regine when she was singing jazz at an art gallery. Taking this trope UpToEleven, they wrote a song together ("Headlights Look Like Diamonds") on their very first date, and said song has remained a fan favourite.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Crown of Love," "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations," "Deep Blue."[[note]]"But the songs on ''The Suburbs'' fade into each other!" "Wasted Hours" fades to silence, and "Deep Blue" starts right away with "Here..."[[/note]]
* LyricalDissonance: Almost all of their songs sound ecstatically joyful on the surface, but many have [[FridgeHorror darker undertones]], none more jarring than "Intervention":
--> Every spark of friendship and love
--> Will die without a home
--> Hear the soldier groan
--> We'll go at it alone
* MeaningfulEcho: Lots and lots of it on ''The Suburbs''.
* MinisculeRocking: "The Suburbs (Continued)" is the band's shortest song.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally level 2-3.
** ''Reflektor'' brings the level considerably higher, with some tracks like "Normal Person" going as high as a 5.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}}: Win and Will Butler were raised Mormon. They're no longer engaged members of the Church, but a subtle ear can detect some influences.
* TheMovie: ''Scenes From The Suburbs'' is one for...''The Suburbs'', with Spike Jonze directing.
* MultinationalTeam: The line-up consists of five Canadians and two Americans.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: As eclectic as you'd expect a rock band with an accordionist (Regine) and string section to be. Their live shows have been described as like "a [[Music/TheClash Clash]] concert hijacked by the Creator/CirqueDuSoleil."
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Reflektor'' incorporates, of all things, {{Disco}} and GlamRock (courtesy of producer [[Music/LCDSoundsystem James Murphy]]), as well as dub reggae from their time recording in Jamaica.
* NostalgicNarrator: Much of ''The Suburbs''.
* PopStarComposer: In addition to their contributions to ''Film/TheHungerGames'', they also scored Spike Jonze's ''Film/{{Her}}''. Will Butler and frequent collaborator Owen Pallett have received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for the score.
* PrecisionFStrike: Or S strike, rather, in "Porno," one of the only profanities on ''Reflektor:'' "And boys, they learn some selfish shit..."
* PunBasedTitle: The title of "Old Flame", from the ''Arcade Fire'' EP seems to refer to an old flame in the the romantic sense, but the context doubles in the lines 'your eyes are fluttering, such pretty wings/a moth flying into the same old flame again.'
* RearrangeTheSong: "The song" in this case being "No Cars Go," a tune from their self-titled EP. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome They did a pretty good job with it, too.]]
* ReligionRantSong: "Intervention," "Neon Bible," and "(Antichrist Television Blues)" are all Type 3s, in that they don't attack God or the idea of God, but are instead about the different ways in which religion is misused by many (as an excuse to go to war, as a way to gain money, and as a justification for being the worst type of [[StageMom Stage Dad]], respectively).
** The ProtestSong "Here Comes the Night Time" takes on, among other things, missionaries' lack of understanding for those they're preaching to.
* RockersSmashGuitars: Win Butler [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prk19PjK-kI smashed his guitar on SNL]] after one of the strings broke mid-song.
** His brother Will can be seen doing this in several performances, with his preferred victims being drums.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Quite a few of their songs, especially those from Neon Bible. Hell, just listen to Well and the Lighthouse or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKWkZdcGUsk this little masterpiece]] !
* SelfTitledAlbum: The ''Arcade Fire'' EP.
* ShoutOut:
-->''Take the poison of your age''
-->''[[Literature/TheNameOfTheRose Don't lick your finger as you turn the page]]''
* SmallTownBoredom: "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)".
* SnowMeansDeath: "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)": "Kids are dying out in the snow/Look at 'em go, look at 'em go!"
** It's worth nothing that the song was inspired by Régine Chassagne's experience in Montreal during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_ice_storm_of_1998 North American ice storm of 1998]], which knocked out power in the city for over a week and led to several deaths.
* SnowMeansLove: "Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)": "And if the snow/buries my, my neighbourhood/and if my parents are crying/then I'll dig a tunnel from my window to yours."
* SomethingBlues: Of the "(Antichrist Television)" variety.
* SopranoAndGravel: Regine has a high, childlike voice whereas Win's is comparatively deep. The contrast is apparent on the more duet-ish songs, notably "The Well and the Lighthouse" and the bridge of "No Cars Go".
* SpiritualSuccessor: Arguably, ''The Suburbs'' to ''Funeral.'' If nothing else, it continues the theme of neighbourhoods. It also has two "suites" entitled "Half Light" and "Sprawl" organized in a way reminiscent of the first album's "Neighbourhood" section.
** In fact, if listened to directly after ''Funeral'', a CallBack can immediately be noticed, regarding the metaphor of "learning to drive" as symbolic of growing up featuring both in the last song of ''Funeral'' (''In The Backseat'') and in the eponymous first song of ''The Suburbs''. The Suburbs could subjectively be regarded as a looking-backwards perspective on some of the ideas that Funeral explored from the perspective of a younger in-the-moment observer- the former is about being a teenager and is seen through the eyes of an adult, while the latter is about adulthood and death through the eyes of a teenager.
** ''Reflektor'' picks up on the themes of religion and technology in ''Neon Bible'', and appropriately expands on its bombast.
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: "(Antichrist Television Blues)" The track is rumoured to have been originally titled "Joe Simpson (Antichrist Television Blues)", meant as a direct attack at the father of Jessica Simpson and his exploitation of his daughter's sexuality while stating that he's a very religious man.
* StepfordSuburbia: Touched on in (what else?) ''The Suburbs''.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Regine Chassagne sings lead for around two songs on each album.
* TakeThat: During Coachella, the band dedicated their songs to the musicians "playing actual instruments", which was a jab at the electronic artists performing. It infamously caused Music/{{Deadmau5}} to get really angry on Twitter.
** The same show had Music/DaftPunk (albeit impersonated) getting kicked off the stage by the band.
** Music/{{Beck}}, who showed up to help, also jabbed at electronic artists by encouraging the crowd to "[survive] the four on the floor", a wildly used rhythm in electronic music.
* TeensAreMonsters: Largely averted. Their songs tend to portray teens in a sympathetic light.
** Some songs on ''The Suburbs,'' most notably "Rococo" and "Month of May", do include a few [[TakeThat Take Thats]] at "the kids". Still a long way from portraying them as monsters, though.
*** "Rococo" is basically all about the kids in today's world who were raised to be cynical and proud, [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness trying to impress people with their large vocabulary]] and hating everything about popular culture. In other words, hipsters. In other other words, [[TakeThatAudience some of the people who listen to Arcade Fire.]]
* TheTheTitleConfusion: It's generally just "Arcade Fire", but "''The'' Arcade Fire" occasionally appears in the band's own album booklets.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Intervention".
* UnPerson: From "Intervention:" "And when you finally disappear, they'll say you were never here."
* VillainSong: "(Antichrist Television Blues)" is sung from the perspective of a father who willfully exploits and possibly abuses his daughter, all the while using religion to justify his actions. (The WhamLine below suggests that he's aware of his own villainy, though.)
* VocalTagTeam: Of the song-by-song basis variety (both Win Butler and Regine Chassagne have lead vocals, although he has many more), verse-by-verse basis variety ("Headlights Look Like Diamonds, "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations"), and the duet/harmonizing variety ("Half Light I", "The Suburbs (Continued)".
* WhamLine:
** From "(Antichrist Television Blues)": "I'm through being cute/I'm through being nice/Oh tell me Lord/Am I the Antichrist?"
** From "Creature Comfort": "It's not painless/She was a friend of mine".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: ''Reflektor''.

''[[TheStinger If I could have it back... all the time that I wasted, I'd only waste it again, and again, and again... ]]''