September 29, 2010

Concert: Arcade Fire x 'The Suburbs' x Pacific Coliseum

Arcade Fire with Calexico live in concert at Pacific Coliseum on September 28, 2010.

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Arcade Fire experienced live is truly magnetic. The breadth and feel of their expansive, eclectic music comes alive on stage.

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Opening act Calexico made for a great start last night at the Pacific Coliseum in East Vancouver. Their alernative Tex-Mex folk stylings were a great contrast to Arcade Fire's sheer intensity.

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Calexico performed a straightforward set going from song to song with little to no breaks. It was an inviting performance, warming the sparce crowd that slowly trickled in late, vintage Vancouver fashion.

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On the floor, kids young and old alike started buzzing as Arcade Fire took the stage shrouded in darkness.

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The beginnings of "Ready to Start" sparked an electric feeling as the massive act took the stage.

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"Vancouver is like our sister city!"
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This was one of the few phrases Win Butler shouted aloud.

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By the third song, most of the band members were already drenched in their own sweat.

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The sheer energy and enthusiasm with which they played every song was intoxicating.

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Each song flowed into the next with bravado as the variety of their tracks makes for a great set list going from sweet ballads to exuberant rock songs.

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Their encore of "Wake Up" closed the night fittingly just as "Read to Start" opened it.

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The show itself was professional and solid, but the performances on the whole were another thing entirely.

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It is difficult to describe the instensity and presence of Arcade Fire live.

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Between songs, everyone is running around, changing instruments.

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Their shows are all about the music.

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Arcade Fire left everything on stage.

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The mix of melancholic, breezy songs complimented the brazen energy of their rock anthems very well.

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The raw energy from their live performances make them one of the more premiere concert acts and one of the best live performers around.

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The evening was electric and their music comes even more alive standing ten feet away from the Montreal band of musical misfits.

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Setlist:
1) Ready to Start 2) Neighborhood #2 (Laïka) 3) No Cars Go
4) Haiti 5) Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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6) Modern Man 7) Rococo 8) The Suburbs
9) The Suburbs (Continued) 10) Suburban War 11) Intervention

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12) We Used to Wait 13) Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
14) Rebellion (Lies) 15) Month of May 16) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

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Encore:
1) Keep the Car Running 2) Wake Up

Note: Read my concert review on the CBC Radio 3 blog. A couple of my photos made the Georgia Straight online edition here and here.

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3 reactions:

iris said...

You should totally post the setlist :)

David said...

To learn about some of the spiritual aspects "hidden" in Arcade Fire's music, check out:

A Neon Bible Study
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07030103.htm

and

Arcade Fire:
Sermon by John Van Sloten (New Hope Church, Calgary)

http://www.newhopechurch.ca/page.php?pgid=search&id=searchbrowse&movieid =696

Larissa said...

Looks like an amazing concert, I wanted to see them so bad! Me and my friend were trying to get tickets for the 26th in Calgary, but couldn't :(

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