You may not know it, but today is Arcade Fire day! Here’s a show review to go with your interactive video because we clearly cannot get enough.
This past Saturday, legions of down-towners and Brooklynites made the trek up to 125th St and across the TriBoro bridge to Randall’s Island for what was billed to be an indie-rock mind-explosion, as the Arcade Fire played their last show in New York for, according to Win, “a couple of years.” The army of Canucks brought along some good company in local dudes LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, and Les Savy Fav, all of whom put in more-than-worthy efforts as the sun set on a really gorgeous October evening. But despite James Murphy’s best efforts (which included bringing the better portion of the headliners out for collabos on “North American Scum” and “All My Friends” and a barrage of awkward but endearing stage-banter) the night truly belonged to the Neon Bible-belters. Tearing through most of both full-lengths in splendid order, the band were obviously relishing the scale of the event, especially birthday-boy Will Butler, who had most of the audience seriously worried as he climbed up the side rigging almost 50 feet during the encore with a tom-tom strapped to his shoulder and a jones for banging his drumstick on anything in front of him. Thankfully he made it back to the stage safely.