Arcade Fire - "We Exist" Video (Feat. Andrew Garfield)

Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” is the Reflektor song about a son telling his father that he’s gay, and a few weeks ago, the band posted a teaser for its music video. That teaser featured Andrew Garfield, currently playing Spider-Man in every multiplex in America, dressed in drag during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set. As it turns out, that Coachella scene is the glammed-out climax of the video, which starts out with Garfield trying to find ways to change gender identity in a repressive redneck town. Things go from hate-crime seriousness to fantastical hallucination really quickly, and Garfield absolutely commits to the role, taking it to holy-shit levels. The video is an effective piece of work, and you can watch it below.

Reflektor is out now on Merge.

Comments (19)
  1. I want a Coachella teleporter!

    That’s a damn cool way to end the video. Did they shoot that at weekend 1 or 2?

    • it’s weekend 2. my friend has been there at the front row. she didn’t know it has been Andrew Garfield until I told her when the teaser was out.

  2. Andrew Garfield, for the Win.

  3. Wow, that was really fucking great. I know it will sound cheesy as fuck, but I’m so happy a band like Arcade Fire exist. For all their faults, I always get the feeling that they both try and care about everything they release. I can’t say that about most bands of their stature.

  4. Does anybody know who directed this?

  5. This took place Weekend 2 and was directed by David Wilson

  6. this video is super excellent. social commentary and beauty haven’t lived in such close quarters in a LONG TIME.


  7. “Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” is the Reflektor song about a song telling his father that he’s gay”

    A song about a song telling his father he’s gay? That shit cray.

    • Seriously awesome video though. They’ve been killing it with all the videos for this album, particularly this one and “Afterlife”. And anyone who has been to a Reflektor tour show can tell you they’re killing it with their stage show and their performances too.

  8. This is great, the lyrics will take on such a deeper meaning for me now. And props to Garfield on his performance.

  9. This video really adds to the song, I loved it. got chills.

  10. Am I the only one who teared up? My goosebumps got goosebumps. Amazing.

  11. Am I the one getting a major Michael Jackson vibe in the bar? The fight which resembles the Thriller video fight (sands the rope and the knives) and the suggestive dancing…that to go with the Billie Jean bass line?

  12. I wonder how many stoned Coachella attendees were thinking “it’s Courtney Love!!”

  13. The only girl I’ve ever loved is Andrew in drag.

  14. I think it speaks volumes about Andrew Garfield that he plays Spider-man and then turns around and does this music video, props to his versatility as an actor.

  15. Am I the only one who noticed that the 4 dancers were BearForce 1 ?

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