Arcade Fire announce new album Everything Now!

EVERYTHING NOW, out July 28th.

Arcade Fire have announced their 5th studio album, Everything Now, will be released on July 28th through Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment (Here’s my piece on their label situation). Pre-order now on – and sign up for the newsletter there too. There are A LOT of options and formats to chose from. Physical copies will come with one of 20 artwork variations with the record’s title EVERYTHING NOW in a different language. A limited edition “Night” package will also be available, together with CD and colored vinyl. Have a look! I chose the Chinese version.

“The new album is Arcade Fire’s first release under its new partnership with the global media and e-commerce platform Everything Now in synergy with the Sony Corporation” – whatever that means…

The artwork above features an installation from world-renowned artist JR.

That desert is Death Valley, CA. I love the album art, so pretty and clever. Montreal-based graphic design studio Ping Pong Ping has designed the album, based on JR’s work.

This is clearly not a coincidence. Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s stage set for Mozart’s Magic Flute v “Everything Now”

Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s stage set for Mozart’s Magic Flute

“Everything Now”

The single is streaming on all available services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc. And they of course also released a video for it, directed by The Sacred Egg. If not all of it then at least partly shot in South Africa.

Great stuff!

We first thought Arcade Fire had sampled that pan flute in Francis Bebey’s “The Coffee Cola Song” but it turns out they had tracked down his son, Patrick Bebey, who played the pan flute bit just as in his dad’s song. Pretty awesome.

No wonder the single sounds amazing as it’s produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, Pulp’s Steve Mackey, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and the band’s longtime producer Markus Dravs (listed as a co-producer).

The full credits for the single “Everything Now”. Worth pointing out Thomas Bangalter also plays synth on the track.

    Title: Everything Now
    Artist: Arcade Fire
    Length: 5:03

    Performer: Arcade Fire
    Composer: Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, Edwin Butler, Regine Chassagne, Richard Parry, William Butler
    Lyricist: Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, Edwin Butler, Richard Parry
    Producer: Arcade Fire, Steve Mackey, Thomas Bangalter
    Featuring: Arcade Fire
    Choir: Harmonistic Praise Crusade
    Mixing Engineer: Craig Silvey, Arcade Fire
    Mastering Engineer: Greg Calbi
    Engineer: Mark Lawson, Iain Berryman, Florian Lagatta, Eric Heigle
    Assistant Engineer: Max Prior
    Flute: Patrick Bebey (Francis Bebey’s son)
    Strings: Rebecca Crenshaw, Helen Gillet, Owen Pallett, Sarah Neufeld
    Synthesizer: Thomas Bangalter
    Arranger: Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett

    Video Director: Sacred Egg
    Producer: Jason Baum

Interviews with Win:

“There’s sort of an everything-nowness to life. I feel like almost every event and everything that happens surrounds you on all sides, it’s trying to capture some of the experiences of being alive now in all its flaws and all its glory.”

Win also calls this record the most coherent yet. The band recorded the new record at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal and the Gang Recording Studio in Paris.

Arcade Fire in their tiny recording studio in New Orleans, LA.

The band’s also releasing a 12″ orange vinyl of the single Everything Now, available in record shops. Limited edition of 2,000 copies.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now 12″ orange vinyl single

Pre-order it in record shops, released June 9th. Some info to help locate it via Google etc:
SONY 7841
UPC 889854478414

TOUR! Masssive tour! Massive tour of North America – Infinite Content Tour. Kicking off in Quebec City on Sep 5th.

Arcade Fire – Infinite Content Tour

The tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature a series of special guests including Wolf Parade, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Granmaster Flash, Phantogram, Angel Olsen, and Broken Social Scene.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 9th, at 10am local times. Additional information can be found at Ticketmaster.

All announced tour dates and special guests. (Chicago, keep Oct 30th free in your calendars.. just saying!). They’ll play these shows with a 360 stage in the middle of the floor. Should be great fun!

360 stage

9/5/17 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
9/6/17 *Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/9/17 *Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
9/12/17 ^^New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
9/15/17 +Boston, MA – TD Garden
9/16/17 +Washington, DC – Verizon Center
9/17/17 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
9/21/17 *Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
9/22/17 *Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome
9/23/17 *Miami, FL – Watsco Center at the University of Miami
9/26/17 *New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
9/27/17 *Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/28/17 *Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
10/11/17 ^Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
10/12/17 ^Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
10/14/17 ^Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
10/15/17 ^Seattle, WA – Key Arena
10/17/17 **Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10/18/17 **San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
10/20/17 **Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/22/17 **Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
10/25/17 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10/27/17 Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
10/29/17 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
11/1/17 ++Windsor, ON – WFCU Centre
11/3/17 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

* with Wolf Parade
+ with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
^ with Phantogram
** with Angel Olsen
++ with Broken Social Scene
^^ with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Grandmaster Flash

The band played a surprise warm-up gig on the grounds of the Primavera Festival in Barcelona on June 1st just as they announced the single/album/tour and all (Everything Now!). They’re headlining it later today (Sat, June 3rd). Anyway this is was the setlist with two new songs on it – “Everything Now” and “Creature Comfort”.

Setlist – Arcade Fire – warm-up for Primavera Sound at Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain.

Here’s some videos from it on their new 360 stage they built up just for this set and they’ll continue to use for the dates where they can use it.

The unreleased song “Creature Comfort” sounds amazing as well, so good. Can’t wait for this album.

Promotional photos by Guy Aroch.

Guy Aroch Photographer AG47 LLC

Guy Aroch Photographer AG47 LLC

Let’s see, does this cover it all.. no wait, there’s some merch you want to own asap.

Amazing feeling to have them back again! I can’t think of anything else right now so this will have to do, haha! See you on my twitter etc!

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