Arcade Fire debut new songs at secret show
According to fan site Arcade Fire Tube, everyone's favourite Canadian-based arena ensemble debuted new songs at a secret show in their home town of Montreal over the weekend.
Performing at the tiny Breakglass Studios under the pseudonym, Les Identiks, Arcade Fire played a set of new songs to about 100 punters, made up of "friends, randoms, volunteers - not at all an industry thing," according to one in attendance. "Art installations, costumes, party vibe, songs were great! good, good fun times!"
With a "no phone, video, photo" policy, the internet will have to rely on first-hand reports concerning the new material, with one describing the new set as "fun, dance-y and groovy". The Arcade Fire Tube also reports that two extra percussionists were on stage with the band (which did not include violinist Sarah Neufeld), with one saying the new songs had a "heavy use of percussion/rhythm section." They also reported that "only one slow song" was played, "one punk rock-ish song" and "a 7-8 minute song opened the show."
The band are currently working on their fourth album, their follow up to 2010s The Suburbs. Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara told a Canadian radio station in October that the band were busy working on a new album. "We are just working like we always have," he said in the interview. "We took a couple months off and we've been writing songs. Now we're in the studio pretty much full-time just doing what we do. And we kind of shut the door. We haven't really gone out and done anything in over a year now. We haven't done photos or interviews or anything. We're just working on music and growing beards and living at home a lot and going out to dinner together." The new album is said to be due in the second half of 2013.
See the poster for the show below, and watch the band cover Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' in Haiti: