In retrospect, it should’ve been obvious. The stage at the Bushwick warehouse where Arcade Fire was supposed to play their “secret” show did seem awfully small, especially for such an unwieldy band. But that didn’t deter scores of fans, dressed up in their mandatory formal wear and/or costumes, from positioning themselves towards the small stage for roughly two hours, waiting for the Montreal indie-rockers to appear.
At around 9:30pm, James Murphy (former LCD Soundsystem frontman, current Arcade Fire producer) took the stage to apologize to the audience. “We can only get three members for right now,” he said. “I’d like to introduce the Reflektors!” A trio of figures wearing giant papier-mache heads jumped onto the stage, took their instruments, and began noodling around lifelessly. Hmm.
They abruptly exited the stage, and just as they did, a giant curtain on the far west side of the venue lifted and revealed another stage — the real one, more than large enough to accommodate the seven members of Arcade Fire. Thanks to the bait-and-switch move, people who thought they were at the front of the audience found themselves suddenly in the back. This caused a swarm of fans to race from one stage to the other as the band — performing under the name the Reflektors, which lines up with the title of their upcoming album – launched into their new single called (you guessed it) “Reflektor.”