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Arcade Fire are a Canadian rock band based in Montreal, Canada. They are fronted by husband-and-wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassange and also include members Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury.

Arcade Fire's debut album, 'Funeral', was released in 2005 - its name was inspired because four of the band's members had recently lost loved ones. The LP received great critical acclaim and was voted the second best album of the year by NME. Two years later, they released their follow-up 'Neon Bible' and then, in 2009, released the double-album 'The Suburbs': the LP won Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and was given a 9/10 review by NME. After a four-year break, Arcade Fire returned with their fourth album 'Reflektor', released in October 2013. The LP, which was co-produced by LCD Soundystem man James Murphy, received widespread praise and also featured a contribution by David Bowie on the title track. Influenced by Chassagne's Haitian roots and carnival music, it received an 8/10 review from NME. The 2013 tour generated a lot of controversy, due to unique dress codes of ‘formal dress or costume’ in certain venues, as well as special additions to the show including gift bags and an Arcade Fire lithograph.

Following the album's release, the band headlined Glastonbury in June 2014 which they described as a ‘communal rite of passage’. Due to the success of the tour and Glastonbury performance, Reflektor won Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the year at the 2014 Juno Awards. Although arguably a form of vandalism, the band hid cryptic symbols around the World from London to Austin to Rome featuring a mysterious grid containing the letters that make up Reflektor. Despite the controversy this caused with many people critiquing the technique as disrespectful, this ignited a huge interest into the album and epitomised the unique attributes of the Canadian group. A documentary called The Reflektor Tapes was released on September 24th 2015 and was debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, which was then followed by the release of a deluxe edition of the album including five unreleased songs.

Husband and wife Win Butler and Regine Chassagne surprised fans with a set outside the Louvre on May 25th 2016 which saw the performance of a new song. With hints from Butler, there is the possibility of a new record being released in Spring 2017. However, with the band being known for their longer track lists, there is no official date for the release of a new album and Butler has stated that there is ‘no definite schedule, it’ll be done when it’s done’.
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