Arcade Fire is all about taking chances and being fearless

Arcade Fire will perform at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater for the Everything Now Continued tour.Mary Ellen Matthews

It’s seems Arcade Fire can do no wrong, whether it’s crafting such revered albums as 2007’s breakthrough “Neon Bible,” the brilliant 2010 release “The Suburbs” and the surprising 2013 offering “Reflektor.”

Each of those albums is comprised of heart and smarts. Many Arcade Fire songs from those projects are deep but also anthemic.

It’s easy to see why the theatrical provocateurs from Montreal are compared by some music scribes to the iconic Radiohead. Both bands break new ground and are fearless.

But after a decade of endless positive notices, Arcade Fire received a number of lukewarm reviews of its latest album, “Everything Now.” The project was inspired by the incessant demand for immediacy.

We spoke with multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry in the fall, after the album was released.

“If a reviewer doesn’t like what we’re doing, it doesn’t bother us,” Parry said. “We make music for our fans and ourselves. We put everything into it.”

The same can be said for Arcade Fire’s live show. Arcade Fire, which will perform July 12 at Red Hat Amphitheater, finds the six-piece group performing inside of a boxing ring.

“We try to be inventive when it comes to what we present live,” Parry said. “We don’t want to just stand around. Concerts should be creative.”

Anything goes for Arcade Fire, which also includes vocalists multi-instrumentalists husband-and-wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, multi-instrumentalist William Butler, bassist Tim Kingsbury, violinist Sara Neufeld and drummer Jeremy Gara.

“Look at our instrumentation,” Parry said. “That’s part of the reason our sound can be so different. We use so many different instruments. We’re open to anything.”

Viola, cello, mandolin, xylophone, glockenspiel and French horn are just some of the unconventional instruments they use.

“Look at what the Beatles did way back when,” Parry said. “They used some really wild instruments, and it opened up their sound. We’re all about expanding our sound and taking chances. There’s no fun in playing it safe. I think we’re progressive as we can be.”

Arcade Fire has had a number of fundraisers for Haiti and is raising awareness of the struggles the small country faces. Chassagne is of Haitian descent.

“We’re compelled to give back,” Parry said. “How can you not, particularly when we’ve had such success.”

And the band has a sense of humor. Arcade Fire posted bogus reviews of its latest album and goofed on its lifestyle online last year. “If you go with stereotypes, Canadians are supposed to be funny,right,” Parry said. “We just tried to have fun with everything. Most of all we try to have fun with the music.”

Arcade Fire

When: 6:30 p.m. July 12
Where: Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh
Cost: $44 and up


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