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Arcade Fire reveal probable release date for new album

Will Butler teases band's fifth record

Arcade Fire member Will Butler has suggested that his band’s next album will be released during 2017.

The Canadian band released their latest album ‘Reflektor’ in October 2013. Since then, the group have pursued various different ventures. Butler released his debut solo album ‘Policy’ last year and followed it with live album ‘Friday Night’ this week (June 17).

Speaking in a Reddit AMA to mark the release, Butler was asked when to expect a new Arcade Fire record, to which he replied that it would “probably” be released next spring. However, Butler did go on to add that there’s no “definite schedule” and that the record will “be done when it’s done”.

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Previously, Will Butler had said that the band were “30 per cent” into their fifth LP.

Speaking to NME last September, Butler said, “We’re all itching to play music together and start recording things. We’re basically in the demo and play together phase, and historically that’s led to realising that, surprisingly, we’re 30 per cent into a record, so we’ll see if that happens.”

Butler added, “It’s a bit different this time because everyone’s older and fatter and lazier, so it might take longer, but we’re playing music together. Win and Regine got a place in New Orleans so I think we’ll spend some time there, because why wouldn’t you? But apart from that we’re in the old HQ [in Montreal].”

Quizzed on what to expect from the record, Butler continued, “There’s kind of not enough [done yet] to know where it’s going. It’s good to know that we can play rhythmic music together and that we’re good at it, but there’s not enough there yet to know [if it’s going in that direction].”

“I got a couple of new synths that I’m excited by and I like the sound of them so, for me, that’ll really influence the direction of the record but I don’t know if anyone else will notice. For me, ‘Rococo’ and ‘Sprawl II’ have more in common because of the synth sounds than perhaps they would to an objective outsider.”

“I’m of the mentality that everything we do is a Number One smash and we’ve obviously never had a Number One smash, so my radar is good for making the music but not so much for seeing the end result.”

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“We’re not terribly good at schedules and luckily we’re in a position where no-one can ever tell us what to do, so it’s good.”
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