Arcade Fire on stage at Zitadelle Berlin or how to overthink in the summer

The fire of a band comes in altered colors and shapes, what adds most about Arcade Fire on stage beside the fusion range that varies among songs and minutes it appears in the form of an audience that is almost impossible to label in one sentence.

Precisely, Arcade Fire does not stand much for categorization, better speak of throwbacks for a sound that keeps evolving within a disco/alternative vibe, one that talks about too much technology and communication dissonances in the modern world.

Within their usual extravagance, sometimes unwarranted for the framework, singer Win Butler and wife Régine Chassagne started their concert at a fully packed Zitadelle Berlin with awakenings and summer dust reminiscences playing their hit Wake Up from 2004, a tradition that has become a sort of good luck charm in every live concert of the band and that has included company singers like David Bowie in the past.

Lead singer Win Butler wanted to come back to Berlin, however, he admitted roughly twenty minutes after the start of the show that this could be “one of those concerts where everything that could go wrong goes wrong”

Finding their way between the familiar lyrics and the fresh keys from songs like Everything Now, Put Your Money on Me and Creature Comfort the band of six made a pretty standard stamp on stage that unfolded at its best with well-known tunes like The Suburbs and Ready to Start.

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And although the motive for this tour is their new album Everything Now, classics will always be classic and previous work from records like Funeral, Neon Bible and Reflektor completed the set for a whole puzzle of technological channels and overthinking in the 21st century.

Now,  Everything Now stands for more than some indie tune songs, as the band has explained before and confirmed with previous works like Funeral and Reflektor. There is a social critique that the Montreal agrupation tries to create within some self-reflection interconnections that although still existent, were not as strong as in their previous albums and lost a bit of strength in their essence.

Lead singer Win Butler wanted to come back to Berlin, however, he admitted roughly twenty minutes after the start of the show that this could be “one of those concerts where everything that could go wrong goes wrong”, mild rain and some out of tune pieces included. Nevertheless, we can still talk about a thought-provoking performance with a fully onboard audience, ready to sing and dance at every rock, indie and baroque note coming out of the stage.

This last album released in July of 2017 comes with 13 songs that reflect a common ground in the work of Arcade Fire and that will (apparently)  keep evolving in a retro/indie sound that still has a few more records to show for the future. In the meantime, there is time for the new tunes especially the promotion song Everything Now to become one more classic for the list.

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