w/OWEN PALLETT AND DAN DEACON
SANTA BARBARA BOWL
SANTA BARBARA, CA
04 AUGUST, 2014
|Win Butler is The Reflektor|
|Regine pops up in the center of the Bowl|
As the formal Reflektor production took shape, regional specific cover choices became a trend, ranging wildly in taste, but we hit the goldmine as they led off with the Dead Kennedys "California Uber Alles", using it as a statement of intent, energy wise, and never really looked back. Amount of attention to Reflektor tunes has varied throughout the tour, but here we got the bulk of the LP, with 4 of the first 6 songs hailing from it, and the tour-polished takes were a far cry from what we heard last October. The Dead Kennedys cover and an incendiary take on Funeral's "Neighborhood #3: Power Out" broke up the run. Much of the attention focused on the set pieces, such as "It's Never Over", featuring Regine Chassigner popping up in the middle of the audience to do a call and response with a still-stage bound Win Butler. The power of Arcade Fire truly showed in the simplest of moments, with Regine's spotlight moment during "Sprawl II" and the band's closing tradition of "Wake Up" showing the unbreakable bond with the audience.
On this night, Arcade Fire was a band on a mission, and having seen them many times since the days of Funeral, I'll happily say that this was their most powerful, fully sustained show to date. With a recent hometown appearance at Pop Montreal officially finishing the tour, hopefully they're all off to a well earned rest.