Before They Were Famous, The Arcade Fire Were Just These Guys Who Opened For Chromeo

By: Maura / October 30, 2007

While cleaning out his archives, Gawker’s Jim Lehnhoff unearthed some video that he shot of the Arcade Fire all the way back on April 11, 2004, at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. (They were third on the bill, playing behind the Unicorns and freakin’ Chromeo, and in front of The Ponys.) Anyway, he donated it to us for “research” purposes; while Win Butler does engage in some flopping around the (teeny!) stage during this performance of “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels),” this clip is notable for the fact that the band doesn’t really need Christmas lights, mariachi bands, or Web 2.0 trickery in order to put on a pretty damn compelling show. Ah, 2004–were we all that much more innocent then?