"The Reflektors" (aka Arcade Fire) Return to Brooklyn
Arcade Fire returned to the art space at 299 Meserole for their second Brooklyn performance as “The Reflektors.” The show featured essentially the same setlist as the previous night, though the order was altered a bit and the band added an encore into the mix. They also offered the public debut of the Reflektor song “Supersymmetry.”
The set mostly featured songs from the band’s forthcoming album Reflektor, as well as takes on their older tunes “Neighborhood #3” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” The latter track was introduced, jokingly, as “a song by a Montreal band called Arcade Fire.” The night included a bit more humor, with frontman Win Butler claiming, in character, that The Reflektors were quite nervous about playing CMJ and that he had heard that New York City audiences don’t like to dance. After the main set ended, the band returned for an encore rendition of their Funeral track “Haiti” before Butler led the band and the audience in a post-show DJ dance party.
As was the case the previous night The Reflektors performed with Arcade Fire contributor Owen Pallett—who does not tour with the group—as well as longtime bandmember Sarah Neufeld, who is only listed as a contributor on Reflektor and has been conspicuously absent from the new album’s promo photos.
Reflektor is set for release on October 29.