The Arcade Fire has never once let me down. And they are so much more than that to me. Every lyric hits me like a knife through the heart. The first time I heard them I knew I was hooked through and through. Funeral was the greatest thing I had heard in so long. Then there was the night when we listened to them camping. I think it was the fall of 2006. My friends and I were sitting around eating, drinking and sharing stories. We were under a sky full of stars and Crown of Love came on and I made everyone stop to listen and tears came to my eyes. Yes, this band makes me THAT girl. I literally cried. I’m sure it had something to do with the stories being shared, not to mention the beer, but that song sent me over the edge. I’m not even embarrassed, although I have yet to live it down. I have so many memories in connection to this band. Memories of people, places and events. There’s nothing like driving through the mountains in Washington State with Funeral playing in the background. I can’t think of anything more beautiful. Even though we had been camping for days and there were six people, camping gear and luggage packed in a rented mini van and a few who shall remain nameless that smelled less than downy fresh, but it was still beautiful. I realize I’m starting to sound like a dirty hippie, but it can’t be helped.
I first saw them live in 2007 in my least favorite venue ever. And there was a tall couple in front of me (never a favorable position when you’re my height) who had clearly been dating for all of thirty seconds because they made out the majority of the time when they weren’t standing on tip toes and whispering in each others ears and giggling. If it were at another venue where there was more room to move I wouldn’t have cared. You’re happy, good for you, but PLEASE GET OUT OF MY WAY THIS IS MY FAVORITE BAND. All of that aside though, the concert was amazing. The sound was great, everyone in the band was so involved, instruments were being passed around and there was a general feeling that we witnessing an Arcade Fire version of a cirque du soleil show.
The new album came out last week and I pre-ordered so I’d have it the second it was available. It arrived three days before the concert and I went to town listening over and over again. I still haven’t decided how I feel about it in comparison to Funeral, but its much better than Neon Bible. They have you hooked within seconds of the first song. So I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed if they decided to focus on the new album at their concert. Minus a small mishap with a drum machine, the show was amazing. I danced like an effing fool. Didn’t think twice about it. Now let’s throw in my one of my best friends who has been out of the country the better part of five years in attendance with her more than pleasant husband dancing the entire show through with me and my night was pretty much epic. Thanks to my other bff and Big Daddy for capturing the pictures, which will not be seen by the wider world, but I will keep forever to laugh at. The band played about half of the new album, but also played some of my favorites from Funeral. Love that ‘Wake Up’ was a part of the three song encore. We stayed for the entire thing without a thought about the getting out of the venue traffic. This is not a concert that you leave early.
Thank God they didn’t play Crown of Love. I probably would’ve fallen on the ground crying or something equally ridiculous. You should have seen the hugging as it was. There were no “I love you mans” being said or anything, but there was a repeated “You’re number one….you’re number one.” I love that girl. I wish someone had taped it so we could laugh at ourselves later.
Somethin’ filled up
my heart with nothin’,
someone told me not to cry.
But now that I’m older,
my heart’s colder,
and I can see that it’s a lie.
Children wake up,
hold your mistake up,
before they turn the summer into dust.
If the children don’t grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We’re just a million little gods causin’ rain storms turnin’ every good thing to