When I think of my favorite Arcade Fire songs, with "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Rebellion (Lies)" sitting at the top of the list, I find a common thread links them: compared to other Arcade Fire songs, they're the more danceable, more full cuts. I'm a sucker for synths, and Arcade Fire knows how to use them.
The year 2011 was an active one as many major tours made stops in St. Louis. There were plenty of big-name gigs going on from the enormity of the U2 360 tour's stop at Busch Stadium, the second annual LouFest at Forest Park and the visit from Arcade Fire at the Scottrade Center.
Editor's note: This will be the first of two reviews of last night's concert with Arcade Fire and the National. Stay tuned for Will Kyle's take later this afternoon.
It's rare to see a dual billing of dynamic rock bands in the current musical climate. The mega tours of previous decades seem fewer and farther between, but last night's patrons of the Scottrade Center were in for a treat. While bands like the National and Arcade Fire don't quite possess the same household familiarity as, say, Guns ‘n' Roses or Metallica, fans of the indie scene were more than familiar.