Throughout their 16 years of existing as a band, Arcade Fire have consistently managed to reinvent themselves, from their 2004 debut Funeral all the way through to their fourth full-length, the 2013 James Murphy-produced Reflektor and their underrated but tremendous score for (one of my favorite films) Spike Jonze’s Her. In that time period, the six-piece band has gone from an imported Canadian gem to one of the biggest bands in the world, regularly playing SNL, headlining music festivals, and embarking on massive world tours.
Four years after their most recent release, the band is finally readying their next project, as Consequence of Sound noted. Drummer Jeremy Gara did a wide-spanning interview with Red Bull Poland, revealing a lot of valuable information, most importantly that the band has finished recording for their fifth LP. Here’s what he had to say (which was originally written in Polish, so excuse the rough translation, which I cleaned up somewhat) about the readiness of a new record:
(Laughs) No, not yet, but [the songs] are all recorded. The album should be out this year. We are still at the stage of mixing and deciding which songs will come at all on the record, because we made a little more than we need. But we’re almost done. I do not know when it will come, I hope that it’ll be soon. I know we’re a popular band, but we always stick to the same rule: we record until we feel that the music is ready.
Gara also hinted that the new record would be supported with massive touring—possibly two years worth—that would kick off this spring. The band’s shows would be at the arena and festival headlining level—which of course is a level they reached long ago.
While we anxiously await for the next chapter from Win, Régine, and company, recall that their last arena tour in support of Reflektor made a multiple night stop right here in Brooklyn. Below, check out the video from the band’s 2014 visit to the Barclays Center:
Photo via Arcade Fire Facebook