Oh Fuck Off, Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire are no strangers to being called “pretentious.” In fact, even Stephen Colbert called them out on this while he interviewed them as their alter egos, the Reflektors. Now, I’ve always kinda side stepped this notion, because I did genuinely enjoy the Suburbs and thought it was cool that they won a Grammy for it. While the new album is not bad, it’s definitely not great and at times, it can be extremely bloated. I’ll contribute this to James Murphy being behind the producing helm, because I often see him as the DJ at the club who will jam the same beat over and over again, even though everyone else wants a new track. With this in mind, the album is fairly enjoyable until the cocaine runs out and everyone goes home.

However, what I’m here to talk about today is the recent proclamation these geniuses made. After issuing an announcement that they are going on a massive arena tour, they just announced today that there will be a dress code at these shows. It’s even on the Ticketmaster Page:

Night of show: please wear formal attire or costume.

They backed this up on their Twitter earlier as well.

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The way I’m taking this is that what Arcade Fire wants me to do is spend $70 to watch them play and then force me to wear a suit or “something fancy.” Am I off on any of that? Cause what I’ve just described can also double as a synopsis for a high school prom. And do I really want to go to a rock show that’s got the same guidelines as a high school prom? Fuck no.

In response to the controversy, Win Butler has said this:

To anyone uncomfortable dressing up – I’m not sorry. At least 70% of you will get laid tonight.

Ignoring the obvious pompousness behind this remark, the 70% comment does fit well into my “Arcade Fire Is Hosting a Prom” theory, doesn’t it?

Look, I get it. The band has said that they want to make the promotion of this album to be something monumental like when Michael Jackson made “Thriller” (that’s their definition of monumental, not mine by the way). I get that that’s what they’re aiming for. I just don’t think moments that are truly monumental are manufactured/fucked with like that. Those moments come from times where everything falls into the right place and the collectiveness of these rare and perfect circumstances are realized & embraced. And I just don’t think you can manufacture that by instilling a snobby dress code on an arena tour.

But then again, I guess I haven’t won a Grammy.

2 Responses to “Oh Fuck Off, Arcade Fire”
  1. crankypants says:

    How are they going to enforce that shit if you have paid for a ticket and turn up in jeans and a t-shirt? stupid nonsense.

    • Jordan Canio says:

      Exactly. I can’t imagine arenas kicking out people for paying $70 for a ticket, but not wearing a suit. I feel like there would be some kind of commotion. Then again, can Arcade Fire fans really cause a commotion?

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