Wake up and get ready to start celebrating, because the open secret James Murphy teased is now an open truth: Arcade Fire are working on their next LP. Drummer Jeremy Gara stopped by Canadian station CKCU-FM (his radio DJ Alma Mater, FYI) dropped the news that his band is "in the studio pretty much full-time." Huzzah! (That's how you express joy in Canada, right?)
Still, rabid fans shouldn't start salivating just yet: "We are under no pressure from record labels or management or whatever to do anything on any sort of schedule. We're just working. We have no deadlines. It's kind of coming along." In other words: Don't ask for a release date.
But why rush them? After the consummate classic they delivered with The Suburbs, this Canadian collective has earned the right to live life to the fullest. And that's exactly what they're doing! "We're just working on music and growing beards and living at home a lot and going out to dinner together," Gara said. Well, I suppose that's pretty lush as far as Canadian fantasies go.
For a taste of what the upcoming record may sound like, check out this onstage performance of "Crucified Again." It's a subdued ballad that suggests Win Butler and crew are moving out of the suburbs and back to the church for their fourth album. Testify!