Arcade Fire debuted a new anthem of hope titled “Generation A” during Stephen Colbert’s election night special on Tuesday (Nov. 3).
The strident rock track, anchored by an insistent guitar line and group-shouted chorus, was inspired by “the current climate of the country,” according to host Colbert, who took his show to pay cable channel Showtime as the country watched and waited for the results of Tuesday’s tense, tightly-contested presidential race between incumbent Donald Trump and former two-term Vice President Democrat Joe Biden.
“Say wait until tomorrow/ ‘Cause today is always strange,” frontman Win Butler sang as his masked-up bandmates played the song’s hypnotic beat in a rehearsal space illuminated by disco lights. “Say wait until you’re older and you will understand/ They say the generation’s coming/ I don’t think they understand that I am not a patient man.”
When it came to the chorus, they all joined in to shout: “I can’t wait (wait wait)/ It’s too little, too late.”
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire has joined Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell and many more musicians in creating voting playlists for the “Joy to the Polls” campaign. The group’s 11-song list included tracks by Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Nilsson, Richard Hawley, The Meters, Robert Palmer, Art Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas and others.
Watch the performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and listen to the playlist below.