Watch: Arcade Fire debuts new songs

Arcade Fire followed up Friday’s private viewing with a performance at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke, Quebec last night, the band’s first “official” and “public” gig in three years. And much like the Friday performance, Win Butler’s crew used the opportunity to showcase several song from the band’s forthcoming third LP The Suburbs.

Cameras were strictly prohibited at last night’s concert, but a few audible videos have already surfaced. Below, you’ll find clips for two new songs, “Rococo” and “Ready to Start”. According to the Montreal Gazette, the former was a “a spooky standout, the spiteful lyrics “Let’s go downtown and watch the modern kids,” offset by the almost yodelling chorus,” while the latter was a “new-wavey dance ditty, seemingly about shedding the past and jumping into the now.”

Arcade Fire wrapped up the 16-song set with an acoustic rendition of “Wake Up”. We have video of that below as well. And yes, I’ll stop talking now so you can watch.


“Ready to Start”

“Wake Up”

Update: Here are two other new tracks, the Régine Chassagne-led “Empty Room” and “We Used To Wait”.

“Empty Room”

“We Used To Wait”

Update #2: We also now have videos of the previously released “The Suburbs” and “Month of May”

“The Suburbs”

“Month of May”

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will reportedly follow up the Montreal warm-up shows, the second of which takes place later tonight, by doing more of the same in Toronto this weekend. An official announcement is still forthcoming, but the band looks set to be playing “secret” shows in Toronto, sometime this week, from June 10 to 12, reports CHARTattack. Find a complete list of confirmed tour dates below.

The Suburbs
Ready To Start
Keep The Car Running
We Used To Wait
No Cars Go
Empty Room
Modern Man
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Month Of May
Rebellion (Lies)
Wake Up

Arcade Fire 2010 Tour Dates:
06/08 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Granada Theatre
06/28 – Helsinki, FI @ Senaatintori
06/30 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
07/02 – Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
07/04 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/05 – Paris, FR @ Le Casino De Paris
07/09 – Eadestown, IE @ Oxegen
07/12 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival d’ete de Quebec
07/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/01 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
08/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center #
08/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden #
08/06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #
08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/09 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
08/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
08/12 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Centre Island
08/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/29 – Saint-Cloud, FR @ Rock en Seine
08/31 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
09/02 – Bologna, IT @ I-Day Festival

# = w/ Spoon


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