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?
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!