Arcade Fire have debuted a brand new song titled ‘Generation A’ during a special election-themed broadcast by Stephen Colbert which was broadcast on US television last night.
The song is the first taste of new music from the Canadian indie legends since their last release which came in the shape of the immensely popular 2017 effort Everything Now. It was revealed that the band were working on new material before the pandemic put the world—and their new record—on hold. Now, however, we have finally heard a new offering from the group. Will Butler, the brother of lead singer Win, explained the situation earlier this summer, “Arcade Fire was recording. Well, we were recording… But now our drummer is in Australia, two of us are in Canada, and the rest are in America,” he said in an interview with NME.
The band had previously announced that they would be making an appearance on the show, which was broadcast on Showtime but it wasn’t known whether they would be premiering new material. ‘A Generation’ is inspired by “the current climate of the country with a hopeful message to the youth” and provides a glimpse of how the sound is shaping up for their sixth record.
“Say wait until tomorrow/ Cos today is always strange,” Win Butler sings on the track. “Say wait until you’re older and you will understand/ They say the generation’s coming/ I don’t think they understand that I am not a patient man.”
Back in July, Win Butler took to his Instagram story to preview his mixing board, the singer captioned the footage by stating, “These are the strangest times… and everyone is going through stress and pain for a huge variety of reasons. I just want to send a message of unity and hope that all the forces trying to keep us apart won’t be successful.”
Thankfully, the long-awaited and highly anticipated return of Arcade Fire has arrived. Stream the song, below.