September 6, 2013 19:29

Arcade Fire debut new songs at Montreal salsa bar gig

The band played the intimate set earlier this week

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Arcade Fire reportedly debuted a host of new material during a surprise set at a salsa bar in Montreal earlier this week (September 4).

The band previewed tracks from their forthcoming new album - set for release on October 29 - at the intimate venue, called the Salsatheque, reports The Main, to a small crowd of a "couple dozen". Fans were told they would be removed from the venue if they attempted to record or take pictures of the gig on their cameraphones.

The Main described the 'standout' song of the short set as: "Imagine the Talking Heads' 'Once in a Lifetime', but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation." They added that the all-new-material set "was unexpectedly dance-oriented, due to the upbeat rhythms of conga drums and electronic flourishes alongside their most poppy sounds."

Arcade Fire will be premiering their new track 'Reflektor' on Monday of next week. Director Anton Corbijn told The Daily Beast that the band will be unveiling the video for the song on the evening of September 9, saying: "I'm working on a really great song at the moment: Arcade Fire's new single. The song is called 'Reflektor' and you'll be able to see it Monday evening."

When asked for more details about the video, he added: "I can't say much more than that, because it's all a surprise. You'll have to watch the TV Monday evening."

Earlier this year former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy spoke to NME about the band's new album, which he is helping to produce. Quizzed on what it sounds like, Murphy said: "It sounds like Arcade Fire in the way that only Arcade Fire sound like Arcade Fire, you know? It's really fucking epic. Seriously. I mean, I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice, you know?"

Arcade Fire released their debut album 'Funeral' in 2004. This was followed by 2007's 'Neon Bible' and 2010's 'The Suburbs'.

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