Sunday, March 04, 2007


Artist / Band: ARCADE FIRE
Album: Neon Bible
File Under: Indie / Alternative / Pop
Label: Merge Records

Info: The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Jeremy Gara and Win's little brother Will.2005 was an eventful one for The Arcade Fire. In June 2003, Régine's grandmother Nancy died; in August, Win and Régine were married; in September, the Arcade Fire started recording their debut album. In March 2004, Win and Will's grandfather Alvino Rey died; Richard Parry’s Aunt Betsy passed away in April; in May 2004 the Arcade Fire were signed to Merge Records, and completed their album. It having been something of a heavy hitting year, the band's minds were somewhat a-whirl. The deaths of Nancy , Alvino and Betsy brought to mind all the people they had loved who had died: they decided to call their newly completed album Funeral.
The album, confirmed to be called Neon Bible, is to be released on March 5, 2007 (March 6 in North America), and the Arcade Fire have announced a European tour to take place during March and April in support of the album, which includes dates in the London Brixton Academy and the Paris Olympia According to sources, including MOJO magazine, the new album makes use of a pipe organ, the Hurdy Gurdy, a military choir, and a full Hungarian orchestra, amongst others. Win Butler described the album as sounding "like standing by the ocean at night."

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