On November 3, Arcade Fire debuted their new song “Generation A” on Stephen Colbert’s election night special on the Showtime network.
The Canadian band, sans horn section, performed the dancey new tune in a cramped studio lit up by disco lights and a mirrorball. Colbert, who was hosting Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand, introduced “Generation A” as a song inspired by “the current climate of the country with a hopeful message to the youths.”
Over chiming guitar riffs, lead vocalist Win Butler sings about the need for urgent change: “They 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.”
“Generation A” is the first new song from Arcade Fire since “Baby Mine,” their 2019 contribution to the soundtrack of Disney’s remake of Dumbo. The band had been working on a new album to follow 2017’s Everything Now before their progress was halted by the coronavirus pandemic—though the lockdown spurred Butler to write “two or three” albums’ worth of new material, NME reported.
Watch Arcade Fire perform “Generation A” now: