By Kevin Rutherford
Fresh off a headlining performance at last weekend’s Coachella that saw the band play well past its curfew and bring out Blondie‘s Debbie Harry for a few tracks, Arcade Fire has been having no problem reminding folks that they exist — but in case you forgot, have a new single that makes that very declaration.
According to the 405, the Montreal rockers will release “We Exist” as the third single from Reflektor, the band’s fourth LP. The song, which features a grooving bass line and chorus of “na na na”s, is, according to frontman Win Butler in an interview with TimeOut London, about “a gay kid talking to his dad” about being treated equal.
“We Exist” follows previous singles in “Reflektor” and “Afterlife”, both of which were moderate hits on U.S. alternative and rock radio.
It all comes from Reflektor, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release late last year.
At Coachella, Arcade Fire ran through a hit-filled set Sunday — though, interestingly, sans “We Exist.” Harry appeared to front the group on a cover of “Heart of Glass” and backed the band on “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains”, into which they segued directly.