Arcade Fire, the Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist indie rock band, played an energetic concert Wednesday night in Alpharetta in support of their newly released third studio album, The Suburbs. The large crowd at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park was on their feet for most of the evening, singing loudly to each song. Another popular indie band, Portland, Oregon-based Spoon, opened the show.
Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire uniquely mixes the sounds of guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy. The band takes most of their instruments on tour, and the multi-instrumentalist band members switch instrumental duties throughout their shows. Arcade Fire have won numerous awards, including both the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year award for Neon Bible. It has also been nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy in 2005 for Funeral and in 2008 for Neon Bible.
AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the show with his camera. Arcade Fire allowed the first three songs of their set to be photographed: “Ready To Start”, “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “No Cars Go.”
Tell us what you thought of the show. How has Arcade Fire progressed over the past several years since playing the Variety Playhouse and the Civic Center in 2007?