Those Arcade Fire kids sure have come a long way since they were the CMJ "Flavor of the Month" rocking out in motorcycle helmets at Mercury Lounge. Their most recent tour in support of their album "The Reflektor" was an ambitious, theatrical spectacle that transformed soulless, cavernous arenas into raucous, costumed dance parties. Now they're revisiting the whole experience with their first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, which covers their making of the album and the subsequent tour. It will be released theatrically in September; here's the trailer, which opens with a tantalizing view of what looks like Jamaica:
The film is directed by Sundance short film prize winner Kahlil Joseph, and according to the band's management, it will screen starting September 24th for a short time only: "it bucks traditional film rollout convention, creating a unique cinema event to be shared by audiences around the world." Here's more about the project:
It is a film quite unlike any other; an authentic cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history... The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape.
It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.
Audiences will relive stunning concerts from the Reflektor tour, re-envisioned in true cinema high definition and surround sound. The film will also offer a rare opportunity for fans to delve beneath the surface and get closer to the band themselves. With Arcade Fire granting previously unprecedented access to Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes fluidly blends in never before seen personal footage, including interviews, documentation of the recording process and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect.
Arcade Fire said of the film: “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning."
There's also a new, unreleased track, "Porno," and a music video to accompany it, released with the film announcement:
Love that mirror suit!