#41 Arcade Fire

The creation of Take Away Shows is linked to Arcade Fire. Before the cancellation of their European Tour, Arcade Fire played two amazing video sessions in Paris: one in a lift, and, after, into the crowd.
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Win Butler had to slouch a little to fit into the freight elevator. He went directly to the back, leaned against the iron door, turned around, looked at the cramped space, and asked us, “Think we can all go back now?” Then he smiled a smile that a kid would give, pure and honest, like he had just found his hiding place. Win Butler smiled, and five weeks of work seemed to crumble before us.

During those weeks, I had been in continual contact with Vincent Morisset, who runs the Neon Bible site. Win and Régine had been responsible for coordinating our Take Away Show. We had discussed dates and places, imagining the Madeleine at night, the knoll at the Île de la Cité, an old café, a roundabout behind the Olympia...We checked the weather every day and despaired about the cold front that was passing through Paris. We had surveyed the entire inhumane neighborhood from top to bottom, trying to anticipate the crowd, the willpower of the group, the cold, and the fatigue. Then, suddenly, we had a plan. Win asked if there was a freight elevator. We found it, Win smiled, and the Take Away Show was no longer in our hands.

#41.1 - NEON BIBLE & WAKE UP

Réal : Vincent Moon

Shot in Paris, 2007

CAE - #41.1 - Arcade Fire - NEON BIBLE & WAKE UP

We knew that the Take Away Show with Arcade Fire wouldn’t be like the others. The project was made for them because they’re of a different kind, a different essence. We had spent the afternoon with them when suddenly we realized, in a flash: “yes, this group is different.”

We had been playing the role of “outsider” the entire day, like a foreign body that latches onto the daily grind of these magnificent musicians. We had to adapt, through astonishment and wonder, as the band took up their instruments and started to play. But Arcade Fire didn’t take us as outsiders. It all seemed to unfold naturally: we entered into their logic as they awaited us and eventually swallowed us up. It was now Win Butler’s Take Away Show, and we followed.

It was too cold to play outside after the show, so we initially thought about playing in the entrance hall during Electrelane’s performance, but the Olympia didn’t allow it. All we had left was the freight elevator, and we had to do a little convincing to make it happen. On the other side of the elevator, there was a door that would lead us into the concert hall. They could go back to the pit in the Olympia by exiting through there, and then re-exit through the door near the stage. Win wasn’t so hot on the plan...the venue was a little too big and the whole thing sounded complicated. It took us about 20 minutes to convince him, not knowing at all what was waiting for us at the other end of this crazy idea. Win went back to tell Richard and Will to follow him to the elevator, with everyone asking when to play, or whether this was going to happen before or after the show. It was going to be before. Régine was the only one who thought differently, and there were a few seconds of furious looks, which immediately mellowed and eased into resolution. The big guy won, and everyone went back to reconfigure the set-list.

Arcade Fire is a unique group. Everyone’s split up during the day, managing and wandering through his/her own affairs in the dressing rooms and corridors. No one seems to move about as much as Win, who manages everything, knows everything, watches everything, and hears everything. Afterwards, as show time approaches, everyone slowly comes together again, each still folded into him/herself. A couple of notes sound from a bugle, Régina taps on a box, Jérémy amuses himself with a drum, and Tim does a little Monty Python dance. A mobile cacophony, a music that takes form, several people coming together, and some random and various snippets of songs to come. Everyone is concentrating alone, but at the same time following a trace towards the group’s uncanny unity. As the orchestra tuned and grew powerfully aligned, we started towards the elevator.

The rest waits on film. We all bunched into the elevator, and I took my position at Richard’s feet. They started off with an enchanting version of “Neon Bible” and the door opened, allowing us to approach and penetrate the massive torrent of fans. I didn’t think about anything more. I was taken by the fervor, watching Vincent Moon with his camera, screaming in silence, and thinking over and over again:

“We did it. Shit, we really did it!”

Thanks a lot to Matt Evans for translation. If you miss them, here are the Take Away Show’ teasers

le 26 March 2007 par Chryde

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Arcade Fire

Yes! So great! Beautiful work, man. I love it!

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26 March 2007, by magdalenus

Arcade Fire

Beautifully done. Excellent un-planning!

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26 March 2007, by Joel

Arcade Fire

Incredible.

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26 March 2007, by Koen

Arcade Fire

An elevator! Who could’ve thought of that?!

- v

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26 March 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

So wonderful. Every moment.

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26 March 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

spirtruly moving, an absoulte previlage to be part of thiers and our world to witness. i`am , we our blessed. we are one,

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26 March 2007, by pete.

Arcade Fire

Yeah. What Chryde said.

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27 March 2007, by John

Arcade Fire

Holy mackerels, how beautiful is this? Excellent performance, cinematography, editing, and — especially — sound. Almost brought tears to my eyes.

— moerex

p.s. Also, what Chryde said. He said it all actually. Several times!

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27 March 2007, by moebius rex

Arcade Fire

Inspiring. This is loudest one yet for sure. I must say that this is more wonderful because of the small films on your site like Tahiti Boy and Essie James. What a great service yo provide (though you must get some satisfaction from it, I hope ;)

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28 March 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

talk about chamber pop!

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29 March 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

This site has really inspired me since I found it... this Arcade Fire work you’ve done is so beautiful and exciting, so special, that has brought me literally to tears... of joy, of course... thanks for your inspiration...

best wishes,

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29 March 2007, by un courageux anonyme

RE : Arcade Fire

ils sont timides les amricains ?

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2 April 2007, by oblodo

Arcade Fire

I’d like to know from the filmmakers: On what camera did you shoot this piece? The images are gorgeous, but unusually so. Did you use a filter of some sort to give the image a golden glow? Was this aesthetic choice made in post-production? I assume it was shot on video, but am I correct?

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2 April 2007, by Meghan

Arcade Fire

This made me smile, chuckle in happiness and tear up a bit.

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3 April 2007, by boomboxnation

Arcade Fire

this video is really great, it has some kind of tender and heart

arcade fire is a fantastic band, despite all the press around them...

sometimes people has taste

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7 April 2007, by cecilia v.

Arcade Fire

tremendous! lightning bolts in a bottle..

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17 April 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

This is really lovely, and a gift to their fans. I love the image of the band being so safely surrounded by people who were wholeheartedly enjoying the music. As it should be.

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19 April 2007, by damselfish

Arcade Fire

that was incredible! nice job

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21 April 2007, by danielle

Arcade Fire

Stupfier ! Plaisir musical pur contenu dans un ascenseur ! Gardez couler de musique !Nous voulons faire quelque chose comme ceci des Philippines !

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3 May 2007, by The Pa

Arcade Fire

Lindo... Uma das melhores bandas actuais em qq espao... Nunca mais chega 3 de Julho. Obrigado pelo excelente video. Continuem o bom trabalho

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16 May 2007, by DevilAdvocate

Arcade Fire

simply gorgeous...

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11 June 2007, by Brett

Arcade Fire

This left me speechless the first twenty times I watched it. I cried. Thank you, really, is all I can say.

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10 July 2007, by Lauren Nicole

Arcade Fire

I don’t even know what to say... Well to start off; J’adore Arcade Fire!!! <3 Arcade Fire est aussi ma bande favori! It was so unbelievable what they did... I have an even greater respect towards them. Not only were they in an elevator... Arcade Fire actually interacted with the crowd and played another song in the audience... I would love to see another band match up to Arcade Fire... That is why I really like this website and this was actually my first video from the site I saw to which I hope will not be my last... I really hope when I go to an Arcade Fire show... they will have the same dignity and awesomeness that very few bands these days pocess!... Au Revoir et Je vous adore!!! <3

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18 July 2007, by Rethabile

Arcade Fire

Can Someone please please upload the highquality versions of the videos to a good upload host like mediafire or megaupload ? I totally missed out on these the first week they were available !

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15 August 2007, by Sam

Arcade Fire

amazing!

- imreject [NJ, USA]

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29 August 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

This only proves that Arcade Fire are a great band!

Marta (PT)

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3 September 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

goodness.

that version of neon bible was even more beautiful than the real thing. i love the whole tearing pages out of magazines. great stuff.

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6 September 2007, by Sabz

Arcade Fire

unique... merci beaucoup

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18 September 2007, by tony

Arcade Fire

One of the more creative songs, song renditions and videos that I’ve seen in a while.

Robert, Santa Fe, NM USA

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11 October 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

EVery show this group has is always marked by something different. They have said and it shows that everything is done with a purpose. Nothing is performed as a replica of the last show, everything is done to strike a special chord in the audience that night. My brother was able to spend some time with them backstage and said that he has never seen such an appreciation for fans as this band does.

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25 October 2007, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

This is possibly the best video I’ve ever seen.

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25 October 2007, by Olive

Arcade Fire

I’m honestly almost-crying by the middle of Wake Up. Wow.

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25 October 2007, by Olive

Arcade Fire

Superb... Lindo...

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19 November 2007, by Sonia

Arcade Fire

absolutely perfect in every way, seriously.

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17 December 2007, by wes

Arcade Fire

Beautiful!!! tks a 1000!

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30 December 2007, by I belong 2 ArcadeFire

Breathtaking!

Absolutely stunning. What a perfectly shot look at an amazing band. Thanks to everyone involved with this masterpiece!

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9 January 2008, by un courageux anonyme

this is so beautiful

i cried my favorite video ever

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24 February 2008, by un courageux anonyme

goosebumps

i get goosebumps every time i watch this video, both songs are exquisite.

what the fuck are goosebumps anyway?

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20 March 2008, by Sean

Arcade Fire

this is just brilliant. love it!

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21 March 2008, by Fnille

Arcade Fire

Excellent. Amazing video, different is right. Musicians that give me chills, that’s new.

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27 March 2008, by Gonzo

Arcade Fire

Yoy guys are so HOTT I tell all my fiends about you . U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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9 April 2008, by bestyouevergot

Arcade Fire

Genial, secos de la forma que sea, osea hacer percusión rasgando hojas??? quien más!?

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8 September 2008, by Mila

Arcade Fire

How can I download this video again? Can someone be a star and upload it?

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24 September 2008, by Raf

Arcade Fire

I’m not ashamed to say I cried also. Wondrous, breathtaking, electrifying, spiritual, uplifting, but even these descriptions pale beside the performance. I intend to keep my lightening bolts a’ glowin’ from now on.

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1 May 2009, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

I am amazed with you guys, what a productiong, and style. You´ve got everything, concept, photography, audio, edition... and EMOTION. I am in love with your page. I am a documentary filmmaker and I am amazed with your productions. I hope to see you in Paris probably... I will be there the next 2 months

Sincerly, www.amainadocs.com (under construction) www.myspace.com/amainadocs Raul Cuesta

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14 May 2009, by raul

Arcade Fire = brilliance

Absolutely astounding.

Yeah, I’ll admit to tearing up a tad, and I don’t often, actually, ever.

The audience were one at ’Wake Up’, stunning really.

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24 November 2009, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

I have to watch it every few months. I still get chills as if I haven’t seen it a million times before. simply amazed

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28 January, by sg

Arcade Fire

This makes me cry its so beautiful. Goosebumps every time i watch this. I can’t even imagine being there.

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3 March, by un courageux anonyme

Arcade Fire

you guys do the iridescent images people don’t see and i love it and couldn’t be more inspired. Someday I hope to intern or volunteer with you. :)

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