Arcade Fire premiere studio version of ‘Afterlife’ – listen

The band debuted the album version of the track on BBC Radio 1

Arcade Fire have unveiled the studio version of their new song, ‘Afterlife’.

The band played the song live on Saturday Night Live last month, but debuted the studio version of the song earlier today (October 21) on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1. Click above to watch the official lyric video for the song. The band’s fourth album ‘Reflektor’ is released on October 28.

Arcade Fire surprised fans at their first major gig of the year in Brooklyn, New York on Friday night (October 18) by performing on a secret stage. Though a stage was set up in the middle of the warehouse space at 299 Meserole in Bushwick, the band played their hour-long set on a stage at the side of the venue which was revealed at the last minute. At 9.30pm, former LCD Soundsystem man and co-producer of Arcade Fire’s forthcoming new album ‘Reflektor’, James Murphy appeared onstage. Speaking to cheers, he said: “We can only get three members for right now… I’d like to introduce The Reflektors.” Three musicians wearing giant papier-mâché heads then arrived onstage and played an aimless riff for a minute or so.

It soon became apparent that the real stage for the evening was at the side of the venue. Fans swarmed to the barrier on the left hand side of the room as a large black curtain dropped to reveal a large stage upon which were the members of Arcade Fire. The band burst into their recent single ‘Reflektor’, the chorus sparking off a massive singalong from the crowd, most of whom were in fancy dress.

The band played an hour-long, 10-song set made up of eight new tracks and two older songs – ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ and ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’. The latter two songs were introduced as ‘cover versions’ of Arcade Fire songs. The new songs included ‘Afterlife’, ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, ‘We Exist’, ‘Normal Person’, ‘Joan Of Arc’, ‘It’s Never Over’ and ‘Flashbulb Eyes’.

The band play Miami Mekka on October 23 and Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center on October 24. They will then perform at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit gig this weekend followed by a show at an as-yet-unnamed outdoor Los Angeles venue on October 29.