The church in which Arcade Fire recorded two of their studio albums has been listed for sale, according to reports.
The band recorded their 2007 LP ‘Neon Bible’ and 2010 record ‘The Suburbs’ at the building in Farnham, Quebec in Canada but, according to Pitchfork, were forced to leave the church behind after the roof collapsed. With the group now working on their fourth studio album in a new location, they posted an advertisement a real estate listing for the building on their Twitter account.
According to the listing, the building will cost $325,000 (£204,880), while the roof repairs would set the buyer back between $24,300 (£15,100) and $44,200 (£27,700). It says: “Charming church which housed a small concert hall, followed by a recording studio also offering accommodation. Its architecture makes it a perfect location for an artist’s studio, a place of worship, a cultural, community or other organization. Offer here a unique setting to your project!”
Last month (December 7), it was revealed that Arcade Fire are currently working on their new album with James Murphy. The band’s manager said: “They’re in with James Murphy on three or so songs, plus Markus Dravs who is a long-time collaborator. They write too many songs – that’s a good problem to have. There’s around 35 songs with Arcade Fire, two albums’-worth for sure.”
The previous week, the band played a secret gig in Montreal under the pseudonym of ‘Les Identiks’. All mobile phones and cameras were banned during the performance, but the Arcade Fire Tube fansite documented the evening, revealing that band tested out new songs that were “fun, dance-y and groovy”.
At a previous gig in New York in October (2012), the band showcased a new song called ‘Crucified’, which later surfaced online. Scroll down and click play to listen.