Contact Us

Arcade Fire Hit ‘SNL,’ Perform ‘Reflektor’ and ‘Afterlife’ on Season Premiere

Arcade Fire blazed and boogied on ‘SNL’ last night (Sept. 28) as the venerable sketch show kicked off its 39th season. The Montreal combo performed ‘Reflektor,’ the title track from their forthcoming fourth album, as well as the new tune ‘Afterlife,’ another brainy and buoyant art-disco workout emblematic of their new sound.

The ‘SNL’ season premiere marked the return of former cast member Tina Fey, who held down hosting duties, but the night belonged to Arcade Fire, as NBC followed the broadcast with a special 30-minute ‘Here Comes the Night’ concert, featuring another three ‘Reflektor’ tunes and a cameos from the likes of Bono, Michael Cera and Ben Stiller.

Viewers who crashed right after ‘SNL’ were still in for quite the treat. On ‘Reflektor,’ Arcade Fire leaders Win Butler and Régine Chassagne led a supersized ensemble outfitted in snazzy black duds, and during one segment of the seven-minute epic, Chassagne kicked up the theatricality by climbing into a kind of mirrored fish tank on the side of the stage.

With ‘Afterlife,’ which shuffles along on a blipping keyboard riff, Arcade Fire opted for all white. Performing sans guitar, as he’d done on ‘Reflektor,’ Butler grooved to the music as he recalled adventures in the great hereafter.

“The afterlife: I think I saw what happens next,” he sings, the ‘Blade Runner’-esque face paint making him look like a man to trust. Butler’s crossed the line between life and death, and he’s got a bunch of smarty-guy bangers to show for it. Or maybe he’s just been hanging out with Bowie. Watch ‘Reflektor’ above, ‘Afterlife’ below and decide.

Watch Arcade Fire Perform ‘Afterlife’ on ‘SNL’

Next: 10 Best Arcade Fire Songs

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Diffuser

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://diffuser.fm using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Diffuser.fm quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!