|Arcade Fire played Saturday Night Live this weekend, with host Scarlett Johansson. They played the songs "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II" off of their latest album The Suburbs, as well as appearing in a United Nations digital short.
Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and violinist Owen Pallett guested with the band, which saw lead singer Win Butler occasionally taking the performance offstage and into the area between the stage and the crowd. Not to a huge effect, but at least a little different than the templated and scripted performances that often end up on Saturday Night Live.
What seemed most interesting though, was that Arcade Fire manged to hit and sustain that level of performance energy and vibe that they're known for (circa 3:39 on "We Used to Wait" and 4:20 on "Sprawl II"). Arcade Fire delivered on SNL, so to speak.
Régine Chassagnealso was a refreshing replacement to the pop tarts that sometimes appear on Saturday Night Live, singing the song "Sprawl II" in the second Arcade Fire song of the night. The usual dose of fake girl candy was replaced by a woman with more substance and style. Nice.
Arcade Fire will spend most of 2001 bouncing back and forth between touring and writing new material. They're attempting to break what was once a relentless Arcade Fire tour cycle into shorter, manageable legs of shows, with breaks and writing sessions in between.