The Arcade Fire is a popular alternative rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. The band provides a full, dynamic sound by consisting of seven members: lead vocalist Win Butler, lead female vocalist and keyboardist Régine Chassagne, lead guitar Richard Reed Parry, bassist Tim Kingsbury, guitarist Will Butler, violinist Sarah Neufeld, and drummer Jeremy Gara. The band enjoyed breakout success with their 2004 debut album Funeral, which received rave reviews. The band's sophomore effort Neon Bible displays a darker voice, however maintains the band's signature orchestral rock-pop sound.
The band has already carved a niche for themselves in the world of modern Rock 'N' Roll music, however the septet originally found inspiration in bands like The Pixies, David Bowie, and The Talking Heads. Taking these influences, they mixed numerous instruments such as electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, synthesizer, organ, violin, cello, brass, and hurdy gurdy to make something uniquely their own.
Fans know Arcade Fire best for their highly energetic live performances. Members often dance and flail to the music and even shout into megaphones at lyrical climaxes, all in the spirit of the band's powerful music.