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