Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arcade Fire - Live at UCCU (Orem, UT)

Arcade Fire playing in Orem, UT of all places, who would have thought it eh? They played last night 4/11/2011 at the UCCU center in Orem and really put on a great show. The 8 piece band know how to play live and have a stage presence that is almost mesmerizing. When watching them live it is almost hard just to focus on one aspect of the band, and you wander around checking out each section of the band individually.

Front man Win Butler brings his unique voice and does his best at not standing out above the rest of the band. There is not much talk in between songs and it is a pretty down to business set list for the band. At one point in 'Suburban War', Win actually stopped singing and confessed that he had forgotten the lyrics to the song. Although he initially joked about the whole deal it was a little frustrating with such a great song being forgotten. He also paused at the end of another song and joked about his basketball skills and even gave a big Utah mention to Jimmer's ability to shoot from 10 feet behind the 3-point line. But when it came down to the music Butler delivered and left you wanting more then just the 18 songs that were performed.

Fellow vocalist and his wife Régine Chassagne adds a little flair to the band with her haunting vocals mixed with her passionate dancing around the stage. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) ended the concert and showcased all of her talents, and it really showed her passion for the music.

The best part about Arcade Fire for me is how they incorporate every kind of instrument you can think of. From violins, accordions, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, violas, big drums, little drums, tambourines, piano, keyboard, you name the instrument and Arcade Fire will make sure to include it in their music. You mix all those instruments and sounds with some incredible vocals and lyrics, and you have a live show that you surely don't want to miss.

With their 3 albums; Funeral, Neon Bible, and The Suburbs there are so many quality songs and you wish you could hear all of them. They did play a good set of 18 songs but there were a few that were not included that I really would have loved to hear. Two of my personal favourites Half Light II (No Celebration), and Antichrist Television Blues. I did think 'Wake Up' was incredible live and it really is the best Arcade Fire song hands down.

Overall I thought the concert was fantastic and one that I will remember for a long time. The UCCU is not the best place in the world to watch a concert, it is more for a sporting event type of deal, so at the beginning of the concert I think they were fighting to deal with that. The sound relly improved as the concert progressed as well. For me to see the pride of Canada "Arcade Fire" play live it was the best. It was an incredible music atmosphere, and to see Arcade Fire perform live truly is a "Treat". The best part about the whole "Treat" was having my best friend right there with me ;)

Setlist Orem, UT 4/11/2011
1.Month of May
2.Rebellion (Lies)
3.Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
4.City With No Children
7.The Suburbs
8.The Suburbs (Continued)
9.Suburban War (forgot lyrics)
10.No Cars Go
12.Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13.Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
14.We Used to Wait
15.Wake Up

16.Ready to Start
17.Keep the Car Running
18.Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Here is 'No Cars Go' Video I took from the concert. Not the best quality I apoligize for that, but still pretty cool.


  1. Thanks for posting this. I am seeing them tomorrow in PHX and was hoping to hear No Cars Go (among many others - like the Well and the Lighthouse).

  2. I am sure you will get a familar setlist to this. So many good songs to choose from. I really wanted to hear Half Light II and Antichrist Television Blues, but I can't complain lots of other great tunes. To get 6 songs from Funeral was pretty awesome.

  3. Well Win better not forget Suburban War lyrics tomorrow or I'll be pissed.

  4. Actually at first I thought he was just joking and playing around. I don't know maybe he was but he did admit it and said that was a Treat for us to witness him forgetting the lyrics. I Dunno.

  5. Arcade Fire are the most exciting live band on the planet. Thanks for the review.

  6. No Problem. I would almost have to agree with you, the whole performance is almost like an art with so many different instuments and visuals. It is a beautiful thing