Arcade Fire in 2017
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Arcade Fire Debut New Song With A "Hopeful Message To The Youths" On Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020 Special
While last night didn't reveal which Presidential candidate is victorious, it did give us an inspirational, poignant new protest anthem from GRAMMY-winning alt-rock band Arcade Fire. The Montreal-based band/activists debuted "Generation A" on Stephen Colbert's election night show.
The GRAMMY-winning comedian explained the electric new song as "inspired by the current climate of the country, with a hopeful message to the youths." The performance, which you can watch in full below, was kicked off by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne's seven-year-old son who announced with a perfect rocker growl, "This is generation A and we're not gonna wait!"
"They say wait a little longer / and the times are gonna change / They say wait until tomorrow / yesterday is always strange. / They say wait until you're older / and you will understand. / They say the generation is coming / but I don't think they understand / that I am not a patient man," Butler sings over a pulsing beat and echoes of the band chanting "wait."
"I can't wait! / It's too little too late," the frontman continues.
The powerful, pertinent song is the "Reflektor" group's new music of the year. Back in April, they teased they were working on the follow-up album to their fifth LP, 2017's GRAMMY-nominated powerhouse Everything Now. While on a break from making music with the band, Butler released his sophomore solo album, Generations, in September.
Over the past few months, the band has been advocating for voting in the 2020 Presidential Election, including by participating in the Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy fundraising compilation album and Bon Iver's Wisconsin-focused get-out-the-vote campaign.
At the time of this writing, "Generation A" has not been officially released on streaming platforms or elsewhere.