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So I’m a little confused. There’s a band called The Reflektors who look a lot like Arcade Fire. The Reflektors have played a handful of shows, including some secret shows in Montreal and New York, and are scheduled to play shows in Miami and Los Angeles later this month. They have released two tunes so far: “Reflektor” and “Afterlife”… but Arcade Fire released songs with the same names as well.
Anyway, “Afterlife” is the latest tune to be released and it is a doozy. Like New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” mixed with a more percussion driven rhythm, the song curiously lives up to Arcade Fire’s promise of making tunes that sound like “Haitian Voodoo mashed-up with Studio 54.” The music video is also interesting, made up of scenes pulled from the 1959 movie Black Orpheus.
The Reflektors also appeared on the Colbert Report this past Monday, performing two songs: “Normal Person” and the aforementioned “Afterlife.” In the former, the focus was on eight massive bobble-headed figures who initially mimed to the song before the camera quickly panned over to the real band performing.
The band was later interviewed by Colbert. Reflektors frontman Win Butler and brother Will Butler (funnily enough, Arcade Fire are also fronted by a Win Butler and feature a Will Butler) had some funny quips stating that ,“Ideally, you’d be shaking your butt with a little tear in your eye,” when asked about whether or not they’d rather have people focus on their song’s lyrical content or dance-y grooves. There are many similarities between Arcade Fire and The Reflektors, but I’m sure its all coincidental.