With the Grammys taking place this past weekend, it seems like an appropriate week to take a stroll down memory lane to Grammys past.
In 2011, Arcade Fire beat out Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, and Eminem for Album of the Year with The Suburbs. They were the first ever indie artist to win this category, and the internet was not thrilled.
For fans of indie music who favor an eclectic/often unconventional sound, Arcade Fire is the greatest thing your ears will ever experience. They’ve been around since 2001, fronted by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Arcade Fire has it all: bass, piano, drums, cello, French horn, glockenspiel, harp, cello, and many, many more.
Their four albums–2004’s Funeral, 2007’s Neon Bible, 2010’s The Suburbs, and 2014’s Reflektor–have all received critical acclaim. Their lyrics are lovely and many of their songs feature Chassagne singing in French, which is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. On top of all this, Arcade Fire has done social justice work to raise money for Haiti, Chassagne’s country of origin, and recently scored the Spike Jonze movie, Her.
Who the hell is Arcade Fire? Your new favorite band, that’s who.