Posts Tagged ‘Suburban War’

Andries Bezuidenhout. Arcade Fire se voorstedelike oorlog

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Een van verlede jaar se mooiste albums is die Kanadese band Arcade Fire se The Suburbs. Hulle woon in Montreal. Een resensent het die album met Radiohead se OK Computer vergelyk, maar dink dis selfs beter as OK Computer. Die klank laat ʼn mens ʼn bietjie aan Radiohead dink, alhoewel die band beweer dat hulle ʼn klank uit hulle jeug wou kry – iewers tussen Niel Young en Depeche Mode.

Die een waarna ek op die oomblik terugkeer na ek die hele CD geluister het, is nr. 9, “Suburban War”. Luister gerus hier daarna as jy nog nie die CD het nie. Hier is uittreksels uit die liriek:

Let’s go for a drive and see the town tonight
There’s nothing to do but I don’t mind when I’m with you

This town’s so strange they built it to change
And while we sleep we know the streets get rearranged
With my old friends it was so different then
Before your war against the suburbs began…

Now the music divides us into tribes
You grew your hair so I grew mine
You said the past won’t rest
Until we jump the fence and leave it behind

With my old friends I can remember when
You cut your hair, I never saw you again
Now the cities we live in could be distant stars
And I search for you in every passing car…

In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
And you told me we would never survive,
So grab your mother’s keys we leave tonight

But you started a war that we can’t win
They keep erasing all the streets we grew up in
Now the music divides us into tribes
You choose your side, I’ll choose my side

All my old friends they don’t know me now
All my old friends are staring through me now…
All my old friends, wait…