Famed alternative music group Arcade Fire appeared on last nights season premiere of Saturday Night Live (SNL) and fans were quick to discuss the groups new song “Afterlife.”
The song is the second single from the groups upcoming Reflektor album which will hit store shelves on October 29.
Arcade Fire performed “Afterlife” and the albums self-titled track before heading off to play at NBC’s live post-SNL show.
Critically acclaimed groups often face criticism and support from their fans when a new track that departs from their traditional sound surfaces. In this case Arcade Fire has managed to receive a good amount of support. Here are some of the first tweets that arrived following the song.
Positive Reviews of Arcade Fire’s ‘Afterlife’ Single
Afterlife has a similar vibe to Reflektor. Definitely gonna like this album @arcadefire
— Miles Kirsch (@MLK_Music) September 29, 2013
Arcade Fire’s new “Afterlife” is awesome, better than Reflektor #SNL
— Exuma, the Obeah Man (@GaryGaryGary232) September 29, 2013
“Afterlife” sounds like such a classic Arcade Fire song. Now I’m really excited for the new record — Angelica (@AngelicaJoyy) September 29, 2013
Reserving Judgement Following ‘Afterlife’ Performance On SNL
Some fans have reserved their judgment over the sound by pointing out that Saturday Night Live isn’t historically known for featuring a musician friendly stage.
I can’t even make a sound opinion about Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife” because the SNL has such a bad reputation for sound mixing.
— Leah Garås (@leahgaraas) September 29, 2013
Here’s the groups performance of “Reflektor” which debuted the same night:
The group even appeared in a new Tina Fey starring skit about a gameshow called “New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?”