Arcade Fire Prep Goods for “Funeral” 15 Year Anniversary

The band is sharing never-before-seen footage from the time of their iconic debut and a restored “Rebellion (Lies)” video.

Arcade Fire have been a lot of things over the course of five albums, experimenting with everything from new wave synths to cathedralesque pipe organs—but their journey began with an unclassifiable debut dancing between early-aughts trend genres like freak folk and baroque pop. Funeral is still unlike anything else we’ve ever heard, progressing from a surreal opening tale of digging tunnels to an orchestral closer about opting for the tranquility of the backseat over riding shotgun.

Fifteen years later, the Montréal-born collective are opening the vault that contains video performances and photographic footage of the yet-to-become-world-famous rockers as barely recognizable twentysomethings. Along with the footage, they’ve also cleaned up their video for “Rebellion (Lies),” the first video they ever filmed.

Somehow along the way the wrong version got uploaded and the official video only existed in a degraded form,” Win Butler told NME of the visual, before inviting fans to “enjoy the band as the babies we were!”

You can watch the restored video below, and expect everything else on the album’s actual anniversary this Saturday, September 14.


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