Coming this Friday to the Bay Area, the ten-piece Montreal rock monsters Arcade Fire are bigger and tighter than they were when they leveled the Greek Theater with a show that even the band remembers as being stellar. No small feat considering the hot act has played some 100 dates this year alone supporting their smash 2007 hit album 'Neon Bible'.
After an initial string of dates solidified the band's rep this year, promoters re-booked the band with bigger shows and their own lighting, sound, and road crew. They pull into San Francisco this week with LCD Soundsystem, but before then, Tim Kingsbury, multi-instrumentalist from Arcade Fire took some time to tell us what's up from the tour bus.
We talked about SF locals Deerhoof, the Austin City Limits festival, and pining for a Montreal autumn. Here are some excerpts.
By David Downs
ASD:Chuck Palahniuk says, 'the future you have tomorrow could be completely different that the future you think you have today.' Tell me about your expectations at the beginning of this year versus now.
Tim: “I sort of didn't have any. I don't know, it's sort of hard, just cus of touring. I didn't fully know what to expect. I knew we'd be playing a lot of shows, but it's kinda abstract to me. You sort of see a piece of paper and try and imagine what it'll be like, but it's always different. Then Win lost his voice for a little bit and had to have surgery early on in the summer that threw a wrench in it. The European festivals we played were hard, but cool too. I guess maybe I feel like it was little … I feel more homesick than I …