Richard Reed Parry is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer and member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire, where he plays a wide variety of instruments, often switching between double bass, celesta, keyboards, drums, guitar, and accordion. He is also a member of the Bell Orchestre, in which he primarily plays double bass and is the de facto producer. He was formerly a member of the band the New International Standards, with Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.
A long-time contributor with the husband and wife songwriting duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, he co-produced the debut EP, Arcade Fire and brought in New International Standards bandmate, Tim Kingsbury. He has also made musical contributions to albums by The Unicorns and Islands. On the latter's critically acclaimed 2006 album Return to the Sea, he played several instruments, sang background vocals and arranged strings.
Parry collaborated with The National for a track on their 2010 album High Violet and appeared with them playing double bass in their Vevo live event. He joined them onstage as a guest during their set at Lollapalooza 2010 (at which Arcade Fire also performed) and also during a brief segment of Arcade Fire's 2011 US tour in which The National acted as openers.