Arcade Fire performed their new election-themed song 'Generation A' on Colbert

*Sings along* 'I can’t wait!/ Too little too late!'
November 4, 2020 1:45 p.m. EST
November 5, 2020 11:28 a.m. EST
Montreal super-group Arcade Fire may be Canada’s indie-rock darlings, but two of their founding members, Win and Will Butler, are actually from Houston. So it stands to reason that the band would want to contribute their two cents to the current political climate amid the US election. Last night, the band joined The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s live election special (streaming now on Crave) to debut their new banger tune, “Generation A,” and upon first listen, the song leans heavily into hope-and-change territory.Stephen introduced the song as, “inspired by the current climate of the country, with a hopeful message to the youths,” and with a chorus refrain of “I can’t wait! Too little too late!” we are totally digging this new earworm. The chorus pretty much bang-on reflects how we’re all on the edge of our seats as the election results are still pending, with new information slowly emerging over 18 hours after the polls closed in the states.
The performance even began with a wee little boy grabbing the microphone and bellowing, “This is generation A! And we’re not gonna wait!”Viewers of Colbert were delighted by the new content from Arcade Fire, who haven’t released an album in three long years – their most recent was 2017’s “Everything Now.” One American fan even used it as his voting-booth-anthem. But of course, with this election being a nail-biter that seemingly has no end in sight, some people just couldn’t handle all of the awesome. That is a feeling we can relate too.Last month, Win Butler spoke with Rick Rubin on the Broken Record podcast, and revealed that they have lots of material they’ve created in the past three years since their last effort, most of which was created during the pandemic lockdown – enough for two or three albums even. The best part is, Win revealed that they have more to create. “We’re planning on going back to Texas to make the next record, during the election – so that’ll be fun,” he said. *checks clock* Wait, that’s right now!“Once your body’s already going, there’s no stopping it, so I’ve just been writing,” he continued. “I can’t remember a time when I’ve written more. [It] feels like being 18, sitting by the piano for five days in a row working on a melody for a verse. It’s been pretty amazing actually.”We can’t wait for this yet-to-be-named Arcade Fire album. Check out their epic performance on Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020 special, streaming now on Crave.[video_embed id='2069495']Before you go: Comedians, musicians and doctors react to election night[/video_embed]

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