Arcade Fire: “It was too long”

On the Zoom screen, Régine Chassagne’s response skyrocketed when asked if she was looking forward to meeting Arcade Fire fans in Montreal this summer at the Osheaga festival.

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“I can’t, I can’t, it’s been too long,” she exclaimed, smiling, while at her side, her lover Win Butler, also shared her impatience at finding herself in front of “a field full of people.”

we can understand The final concert in Montreal for the group, which became a quintet following the departure of Will Butler, will take place on September 6, 2017 at the Bell Centre. An eternity.

The couple now live in New Orleans, where they chatted that protocolShe has many reasons to smile these days. her new album, we, which launched last week, has wowed fans and critics alike. Additionally, Arcade Fire has found its way back onto the stage after too long a hiatus, most notably at last month’s Coachella.

The effect of a song

This sixth album, made during the pandemic, is divided into two parts: a first part, which deals with darker themes, gradually gives way to songs full of hope.

The power of music? Win Butler still believes in it. “You never really know, but there’s someone out there who needs your song, and maybe that person isn’t even born yet. »

“It can happen in the pharmacy in 17 years,” laughs Régine, interrupting Win, who continues with the example of a song his grandfather had to hear in a recent interview.

“It made me cry because I could imagine him playing his guitar in the 1930s. It’s very intimate, like having access to someone’s thoughts at a certain point in their life. »

Singing with Peter Gabriel

Once again, a distinguished guest appears on an Arcade Fire album. After David Bowie onward reflectorPeter Gabriel sings with Régine on the song Absolutely II (race and religion).

“It happened quickly, we didn’t plan it. We were in London and we emailed him inviting him to listen to the album we were finishing. He came, we asked him if he wanted to sing, he said yes,” says Régine, who took “a burden” from this meeting in the studio.

“We find so much that we work like crazy in weird ways. When we explained to him how we work, he told us that he does exactly the same thing. I thought, oh my god, we’re not that crazy. »

♦ Arcade Fire will perform in Osheaga on July 29th. The band can also be seen at the televised Juno Awards Gala on Sunday night on CBC.

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