Fire + Arcade ≠ Love

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In another life, I was the Arts editor at a small newspaper. There, the seedling that was my love for music blossomed. I tried out new genres, venturing beyond my old standby (skate punk) and really embracing rock, folk, hip hop, electronica, and even some country music — though I should note at this point that the only country I listen to is sung by a former punk musician by the name of Corb Lund.

Yes, in spite of my admittedly diverse taste in music, there’s one band I can’t seem to get behind. It’s not that I hate their music, it’s just that when I hear it on the radio, I’d just assume change the channel. And I can’t really explain why.

When I was a kid, me and brothers used to go to arcades all the time. I love them! I also really liked fire, and when I was an irresponsible youth, I once created a tennis-ball bomb with a friend and accidentally exploded a small tree. Fire is awesome.

But if I love both arcades and fires, why don’t I like Arcade Fire?

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Regine Chassagne and Win Butler of The Arcade Fire performs live on the Main stage during day Two of Reading Festival on August 28, 2010 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

I don’t hate them, but I also don’t get why so many people think they’re awesome. And I really feel like I’m missing out, so I’m asking for your help. Help me to understand what makes this popular Canadian band great. Tell me what they mean to you, tell me how their music moves you. And tell me three songs from their records that I should listen to to shore up my support.

I don’t want to be a hate-tank. Music’s all about the love. SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE!

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5 Responses to “Fire + Arcade ≠ Love”

  1. Ryan Kenny
    September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Unique instrumentation & sounds from song to song that always keep my ears on their toes. Yes, my ears have toes.

    From their first album:

    From their second album:

    From their third album:

    • Adam Rozenhart
      September 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

      Ryan, I promise I will give them a try. But I may have to be willing to admit that they just aren’t my cup of tea.

      • Ryan Kenny
        September 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

        It’s perfectly acceptable for people to have differing opinions. Except for when it’s my opinion. In that case, all differing opinions are wrong. 😉

  2. Adam Snider
    September 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    Alas, I cannot offer any help in the way of explaining why you should love this band. I can, however, offer moral support in as much as I feel exactly the same way that you do about Arcade Fire.

    I don’t hate them, but I don’t get why some many people think that they’re musical geniuses.

    • Adam Rozenhart
      September 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

      Same boat, Adam. But like I said in the post, I’m just getting to the point where I’m worried I’m missing out since everyone I know (with the exception of yourself) loves them!