It’s been really interesting to examine the career trajectory of the Arcade Fire over the last thirteen years. Their first album, ‘Funeral’, was recorded on a tiny budget and spawned thousands of imitators. They’ve since become this larger-than-life behemoth, the indie rock U2, a band that headlines festivals and wins Grammys and works with artists like Daft Punk or David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. They’ve come a long way, but even from the beginning they sounded like they wanted to be the biggest arena rock band in the world.
Recently they released the the title track to their upcoming fifth record, ‘Everything Now’ and it sounds like the culmination of all these years of trying to BE the biggest rock band in the world.
This track was co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and it basically has everything- a massive sing-along chorus, a pan flute sample, a keyboard hook that’s totally been ripped off ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. The lyrics are all about the perplexing nature of modern life which I always appreciate. AND it’s a total earworm, I’ve been humming it all week. This is the 70s disco rock revival you’ve been waiting for.