“This is Generation A, and we’re not gonna wait!” a kid enters the studio and screamed into the mic as Arcade Fire kicked off its brand new song “Generation A,” during Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand special aired on Nov. 3, while poll numbers streamed in during the U.S. election. It was supposed to be revolutionary stomp but somehow it failed.
Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, William Butler and Jeremy Gara performed it from their studio. Butler sounds like Neil Young and it’s the first new music the band has released since its 2017 Everything Now (aside from a “Baby Mine” cover for the Dumbo soundtrack in 2019) inspired by the current climate of the country, with a hopeful message to the youths as Colbert said in his intro.
“Generation A” is a powerful song aimed at the generation that will inherit what is currently being sowed. The cathartic chorus: “I can’t wait/ I can’t wait/ too little, too late” needed to be much louder and wider opened all around the world. Let`s see what happens next. (David Keen)