Q: So wouldn’t you like to go on a longer tour?
A: Of course. Unfortunately, this is difficult, because Arcade Fire, for obvious reasons is a very important part of my plans, and a quite mysterious one (laughs). I don’t know where we’re going to play, I don’t know when we start, or when we finish. From my perspective, it looks like Arcade Fire starts in April and finish around April 2019.
Q: Have you decided on the order of the songs on the new Arcade Fire album?
A: (Laughs) No, not yet, although all of them have been recorded. The album should come out this year. At this stage we are still mixing and trying to decide which songs will end up on the record, because we’ve recorded more than we need. But we’re almost finished. I don’t know when it’ll come out, I hope 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.
Jeremy Gara, extract from an interview with Red Bull (Poland). Red Bull (Poland), published 10 January 2017.
Thanks to Twitter users @AnnoyingTwitch, @anawesomeann, @redrum__90, and @lukakos for the translation help.
“So the band is recording. Finishing up a record, hopefully finishing it up. Then we’ll go on tour next year.”
Will Butler, during a Facebook Live session at Partners In Health. Partners In Health’s Facebook, published 14 December 2016.
“Quant aux Canadiens [Arcade Fire], qui pourraient bien sortir un nouvel album en mai ”
Translated from French:
“As for the Canadians [Arcade Fire], they may well release a new album in May ”
Vosges Matin, published 8 December 2016. Having interviewed the organiser for the Eurockéennes festival, Jean-Paul Roland, the publication appears to both have info the band will headline the festival and release the new album in May. Remains to be seen, but worth noting.
Translated from Croatian:
“one of the first European presentations of the eagerly-awaited fifth studio album.”
INmusic Festival organisers. INmusic Festival, published November 2016.
Chelsea Brasted was at a secret Arcade Fire gig where the band debuted new music.
Selected quote from the full article below: “the Montreal-based group unleashed a storm of dynamic, danceable rock. With a sharp focus on heavy topics like religion and social and media pressures with percussive-heavy beats and an occasional flavor of disco”
By the end of his night, no one was disappointed.
Arcade Fire took over an empty space at Secondline Stages in New Orleans and transformed it into a proving grounds for the night to showcase what seemed to be its newest project. Performing in front of an audience of about 175 Halloween costumed fans, the Montreal-based group unleashed a storm of dynamic, danceable rock. With a sharp focus on heavy topics like religion and social and media pressures with percussive-heavy beats and an occasional flavor of disco, Arcade Fire found new music they are ready and eager to share with larger crowds.
The latest news, however, is that the new album isn’t due until the spring of 2017 — and that’s old information as it is. Band-member Will Butler teased its release during a Reddit AMA over the summer, noting even then that the time-frame was speculative.
In all, though, the Saturday surprise was a beautiful night born out of opportunity and luck for the few gathered there, who shared in one of the band’s handful of performances scheduled this year. It appeared that, for many, the chance to be in the audience — which included a handful of local musicians — involved the story of a vague email or Facebook message from a friend. Many seemed to unexpectedly recognize other friends in the audience as they shared a glance and then hugs.
“I feel like I keep getting presents,” laughed one woman as she experienced the night’s offerings.
Attendees were told little more than to arrive at Secondline at 9 p.m., where cell phones were confiscated at the door. Once inside, bartenders served mixed cocktails under a haze from fog machines. White spider webs stretched across orange strings of lights, which met at a rotating disco ball overhead. Below, Butler oversaw DJ duties as he and fellow band-members poured his guests cups of wine. About a third of the room was taken over by the performing space, a formal set-up of Arcade Fire’s massive collection of road gear and instruments: Violins, guitars, basses, keyboards, two full drum kits, a row of mic stands and a steel drum were among the necessary items assembled.
First came a warm-up from the Pinettes Brass Band before Arcade Fire took their places. What followed then was a trip through a set list of 14 old and new songs, some of which were fresh enough to prompt Butler to keep a music stand with lyric sheets nearby. But then there was also a medley with the “Ghostbusters” theme song and Butler ad libbed about a clown living in a tower in the sky. His wife, fellow band-member and multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne, looked on with a smile and a shake of her head.
“Thank you all for being here,” Butler said, the only recognition of the night’s special meaning. He and Chassagne, who have lived in New Orleans at least part time since Arcade Fire’s much lauded 2013 release, “Reflektor,” have quietly become part of the city’s fabric even as they seem to explore their infatuation with it. Their most notable exploit involved a memorial second-line for David Bowie, drawing thousands to a French Quarter tribute for the British musician earlier this year.
Finally on Saturday, the sweaty, smiling members of Arcade Fire wrapped up and stepped out from behind their instruments, joining, again, the small crowd of friends who were just happy to be there.
They’ll next perform in front of a larger audience thanks to a headlining, closing set at Voodoo Fest on Sunday. Arcade Fire is due to take the Altar Stage at 7:30 p.m.
Chelsea Brasted was at a secret Arcade Fire gig where the band debuted new music. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, published 30 October 2016.
Jokingly avoiding a question about Arcade Fire’s new album:
“We released a record like a year ago, we just called it something else and no one liked it, so it kind of disappeared. So, we broke up. Presumably, our manager will be playing the bass. I’ve always been really inspired by The Clash and I really want to make our [version of] Cut the Crap.”
Win Butler. 24 Hours Toronto, published 27 September 2016.
Arcade Fire’s recording sessions in Paris, France, took place between July 10th – July 19th, 2016. Steve Mackey could be a/the producer.
Based on reports/sightings and social media posts.
Tim Kingsbury spoke to CBC Music from Paris where the band has had recording sessions for the new album. They travelled to Paris pretty much straight after having headlined NOS Alive on July 9th.
Tim said they’re “in the middle of a new record and we’ll probably be working for a few more months,” and that the new album will indeed, as Will previously revealed, be out “sometime next year”. Will actually even said in the spring next year.
The band had been very quiet about why/how the festival gigs this year came about, but now Tim confirmed what Sarah previously hinted at – that it’s a way of getting back together, “We’re doing these shows because it’s been so long and it’s nice to get back into it. It’s a way to put a little burst of energy back into the [recording] process.”
Tim Kingsbury. CBC Music, published 19 July 2016.
Q1: When can we expect a new Arcade Fire album?
Will Butler (razzmazzamatazz): Probly next spring? No definite schedule though. It’ll be done when it’s done.
Q2: When might we hear from Arcade Fire again?
Will Butler (razzmazzamatazz): AF probly in spring
Will Butler. Q1 during Reddit AMA + Q2 during Reddit AMA, 17 June 2016.
[translated from French]
“We don’t have a schedule with Arcade Fire yet. I’m waiting to see what I’ll do in the next few months.” A new album is already in the works, Gara confirms. “Since last fall we’ve been recording. In fact, we’re always recording. People have expectations when it comes to Arcade Fire, but despite it all, we’re taking as much time as we want. We’ve got songs, lots of ideas, but not really a sound or a direction yet.”
Jeremy Gara. Le Devoir, published 3 June 2016.
Thanks to all you who helped out with translating this. Appreciated!
[translated from Dutch]
dMb: When can we expect a new album from Arcade Fire?
SN: Sooner than you think… I do not know exactly when the new album comes out, but there certainly is a record…”
Sarah Neufeld. Daans Muziek Blog, published 1 June 2016.
This quote has been expanded since the first report. Initially Sarah was quoted to only say: “Sooner than you think…”.
Tim Kingsbury told fans Arcade Fire may play new material at the festivals they’re doing this summer. Nothing certain yet though.
Tim Kingsbury. Sam Patch gig – opening for Wolf Parade, 20 May 2016.
What other projects are you working on at the moment?
I’ll be finishing up my sonic folk record, called the Quiet River of Dust. Making an Arcade Fire record. Plotting and writing an hour-long piece of Heart and Breath music for large ensemble. Finally making another Bell Orchestre record. All the regular stuff for me.
Richard Reed Parry. Epping Forest Guardian, published 13 April 2016.
I have to ask: Is Arcade Fire working on the next album?
It’s early days Arcade Fire jam time at the studio. There’s definitely a new record in the works. Early days. I won’t even bother going into it.
Sarah Neufeld. OnMilwaukee, published 5 April 2016.
Neufeld is also in the early days of working on new material for the follow-up to Arcade Fire’s 2013 Reflektor. The band will be hitting the road this summer for a few shows, as well, which is something the group has never done in the middle of a non-touring period.
“It’s really cool because you grab on to that live energy without this context of being on this big epic thing where you’re away all the time and everybody’s drained in different ways,” she says. “This is us reuniting in a live setting, which is the best setting out of the context of a tour.”.
Sarah Neufeld. SF Weekly, published 16 March 2016.
Neufeld is also gearing up to help record the next Arcade Fire album, which she says the band is in the beginning stages of creating.
Sarah Neufeld. Speakeasy, The Wall Street Journal, published 22 February 2016.
On Arcade Fire’s current activities: “I couldn’t say, even if I wanted. Nothing concrete is happening right now.”
Régine Chassagne. Montreal Gazette, published 12 February 2016.
I just emailed like twenty people they won’t get Arcade Fire [for their festival], but they will tour in 2017.
Emma Banks, music agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), at European Festival Awards – 13 January 2016.
With rumours of a new record from Arcade Fire, Kingsbury holds that he hopes to maintain focus while balancing both projects.
After all, “Arcade Fire is a slow moving beast.”
Tim Kingsbury. The Cord, published 13 December 2015.
Kingsbury says Arcade Fire will release another album “in time.”
Tim Kingsbury. The Record, published 4 December 2015.
Arcade Fire’s Butler and Chassagne — who are currently in New Orleans recording the next Arcade Fire album — dropped by, too.
Montreal Gazette, published 20 November 2015.
How is the next Arcade Fire record coming along?
I have to live a little to have something to sing about, so usually we take a bunch of time. I’m pretty proud of how far we’ve made it. A lot of the great bands we started with haven’t. No drug problems, we’re happy, and I still feel like the next thing we do could change the world.
Win Butler. Entertainment Weekly, published 23 September 2015.
So will there be a new album?
“We haven’t started anything.” Oh.
But Will says: “Based on my astrological interpretations of how our albums come out I would say February 2017. But I guess that’s kind of a bad time to release music.”
Will Butler. BBC Newsbeat, published 23 September 2015.
This would appear to be the end of Reflektor’s cycle. So does that mean you’re working on new music?
Richard: We’re playing for the first time in a while. We’ve all been taking time away. We are getting together and playing music as we do.
Will: We’re always demo-ing. And demos always end up on the album. But we don’t think of it as making an album currently. Based on how our albums come out I’m going to guess that it comes out in February 2017. But it’ll probably be like a surprise midnight thing. But that’s literally my prediction. That’s how many beans I think are in the jelly jar. I’ll bet the album will come out in February 2017.
Richard Reed Parry and Will Butler. Toronto Sun, published 22 September 2015.
Q: “How do you see Reflektor fitting into the line up of your albums?”
A: “Uh, 4th. After the Suburbs and before whatever the fuck we do next. Which will be different, as well, so brace yourselves.”
Win Butler during the Q&A at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. 21 September 2015.
Have you started writing sessions for the next record yet?
“We’re all itching to play music together and start recording things. We’re basically in the demo and play together phase, and historically that’s led to realising that surprisingly we’re 30% into a record so we’ll see if that happens. It’s a bit different this time because everyone’s older and fatter and lazier so it might take longer, but we’re playing music together. Win and Regine got a place in New Orleans so I think we’ll spend some time there because why wouldn’t you? But apart from that we’re in the old HQ [in Montreal].”
‘Reflektor’ was more rhythmic and danceable than your previous work – how’s the new stuff sounding in comparison?
“There’s kind of not enough [done yet] to know where it’s going. It’s good to know that we can play rhythmic music together and that we’re good at it, but there’s not enough there yet to know [if it’s going in that direction]. I got a couple of new synths that I’m excited by and I like the sound of them so, for me, that’ll really influence the direction of the record but I don’t know if anyone else will notice. For me, ‘Rococo’ and ‘Sprawl II’ have more in common because of the synth sounds than perhaps they would to an objective outsider.”
And when can we hope to hear the fruits of your labours?
“We’re not terribly good at schedules and luckily we’re in a position where no one can ever tell us what to do, so it’s good. I’m of the mentality that everything we do is a Number One smash and we’ve obviously never had a Number One smash, so my radar is good for making the music but not so much for seeing the end result…”
Will Butler. NME, published 22 September 2015.
In a few months we’re getting together in Montreal to start to work again.
Will Butler. Politiken, published 20 September 2015.
We’re playing music, I wouldn’t be shocked if some of that music was recorded in a form that was then for sale to the public.
Note: Win Butler also added the band hasn’t formally started recording.
Win Butler. National Post, published 15 September 2015.
While the film marks the end of the Reflektor period, the band aren’t in any rush to make the next album. Butler says they all have to “live a little” and bring those experiences to the “Rubik’s Cube of trying to figure out how everything is going to fit together.” So there’s no chance they’ll do a Beyoncé and bang out a new album on iTunes next week then? “No,” says Butler. “Not next week.” With no new Arcade Fire album on the horizon any time soon, The Reflektor Tapes provides a suitably arty trip into the band’s singular universe.
Win Butler. October 2015 (Q351) issue of Q Magazine.
Depends a bit on the fall, I’ll probably start on a new album in the fall. But maybe Arcade Fire will start on a new album, but who knows when that will actually happen.
Will Butler to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music, 23 April 2015.
There are no plans to do so.
Win Butler on his @DJWindows98 twitter account about recording a new album, 14 March 2015.
No matter what we do, our albums seem to come out like clockwork every three years or so. I bet it will come out in late 2016, or maybe early 2017.
Will Butler. The Irish Times, published 27 February 2015.