Arcade Fire Joins Yamaha's Artist Roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 2, 2007) — Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire is heating up, and the recent addition to Yamaha Corporate Artist Affair Inc.'s impressive roster attests to that. The seven (plus) member band currently added a CP33 to their touring gear.

"We are proud to support a band with such energy, spontaneity and an all-around love for music and the creative process involved in making it," comments Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc.

Signed to Merge Records in May 2004, Arcade Fire's debut album Funeral arrived in September 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. Within a year the group was headlining major festivals and sharing the stage with U2, David Bowie and David Byrne.

A group that has never shied away from theatricality, Arcade Fire is known for unusually captivating live performances with creative entrances and spontaneous lobby encores. They are currently touring the United States in support of their second album Neon Bible, alongside the decidedly opposite dance punk outfit LCD Soundsystem. The band will kick off a European tour Oct. 23 in Dublin.

Originating from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Arcade Fire is made up of husband and wife team Win Butler and Regine Chassagne along with Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara.

The band's grandiose sound full of lush, anthemic arrangements and diverse instrumentation requires a larger than normal group of artists for a rock band, and they often have other artists join them on stage. During a live show, the stage becomes quite a showcase of musicianship, with 10 or more multi-instrumentalists scrambling to play everything from an organ, violin and a glockenspiel to a French horn, accordion and a hurdy gurdy.

Just as the sound is revered for being polished and loose at the same time, the live performances are highly regarded for being alternately orchestral and frenzied.

Arcade Fire also recently announced that they have created a split seven-inch vinyl disc with LCD Soundsystem, featuring LCD's cover of "No Love Lost" on one side and Arcade Fire's cover of "Poupee de Cire" on the other.

Arcade Fire Joins Yamaha's Artist Roster
— Multi-instrumentalist Band Adds CP33 to their Arsenal of Gear —