Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs was one of the most drooled-over albums of 2010, even upsetting Kings of Leon and Eminem at the Grammys and inspiring future listicle collections of teenagers demonstrating their cultural blind spots. So, the 2012 POP Montreal Festival seems like as good of a time as any to take another look at the record and its distinctive, faux-reality-depicting album art.
"The Art of The Suburbs," which runs as part of the festival’s Art POP programming from September 21st-23rd at Nomad Industries, will feature the actual set of the album art as well as other opportunities to discuss and engage with the visuals involved. Three core members of the visual team, Album Artwork Designer Caroline Robert, Art Director Vincent Morriset and Photographer Gabriel Jones will bring festivalgoers into their creative process. There will also be beer, apparently.
The Montreal-based group is heavily involved in this year’s festivities in other ways, too, including Win Butler and Régine Chassagne participating in the POP vs. Jock charity basketball game alongside the likes of The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture and actor Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down); and Butler will join Talking Head and general music legend/bike enthusiast David Byrne to discuss his new book, How Music Works. POP Montreal also features performances by St. Vincent and David Byrne, DAM-FUNK, Grizzly Bear, Chilly Gonzales, Peaches, Hot Snakes and more and takes place September 19-23.