Arcade Fire Perform Acoustic Versions Of “Haiti” & “Wake-Up” At University of Texas

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Grammy-award winning Arcade Fire is not only known for their theatrical indie-rock sound but also for their philanthropic efforts in helping Haiti.

After their performances at SXSW, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne[pullquote quote="Well my family is Haiti, and Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, so hmm, that was pretty high on my list. " credit="Régine Chassagne"], Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw of Arcade Fire visited University of Texas in Austin on March 19th to deliver a lecture called Arcade Fire: A Lecture on Hope, Haiti & Service on Haiti’s current status in the socio-enomic sphere after the tragic earthquake in 2010.

During their lecture, the band also gave an acoustic performance of two of their favorite songs, “Haiti” and “Wake-Up.”


Frontman Win Butler addressed the sense of entitlement that North Americans may have compared to less fortunate countries.

[pullquote quote="When you see a place that has no government or money for basic necessities, you know people shouldn't die from not being able to get a tetanus shot in 2012. " credit="Win Butler"]“In the States and Canada, there’s a basic attitude that you should be able to do things yourself,” Butler said. “You take for granted all the infrastructure we have. When you see a place that has no government or money for basic necessities, you know people shouldn’t die from not being able to get a tetanus shot in 2012.”

Régine Chassagne shared that her Haitian ancestry was one of the first mitigating factors in Arcade Fire’s involvement with Haiti.

“I started thinking, how can I ignore this petition and that petition, how is this more important than this?,” said Chassange.“Well my family is Haiti, and Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, so hmm, that was pretty high on my list.”

[pullquote quote="What makes people healthy is more complicated then just giving them a pill. " credit="Win Butler"]“It’s not us helping the Haitians across a divide, its about making a common cause with these Haitians who respond to problems like any of us,” Win said later. “What makes people healthy is more complicated then just giving them a pill.”

[Source: The Daily Texan]

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