Photo by Anton Corbijn
Today, Arcade Fire's drummer Jeremy Gara gave an interview to Ottawa radio station CKCU 93.1, where he was a DJ in the 1990s, as Arcade Fire Tube notes. Gara said Arcade Fire are currently in the studio working full-time on their follow-up to The Suburbs, which should be out by the end of next year.
The band had to leave their old studio, a church, because the roof collapsed, but they have a new space that's coming together as they work. Gara said Owen Pallett has already recorded there.
Gara described their current process:
We are just working like we always have. We took a couple months off and we've been writing songs. Now we're in the studio pretty much full-time just doing what we do. And we kind of shut the door. We haven't really gone out and done anything in over a year now. We haven't done photos or interviews or anything. We're just working on music and growing beards and living at home a lot and going out to dinner together.
But he added that they're not working within a timeframe:
We're not that far into a record, but we've been working for a few months now. We are under no pressure from record labels or management or whatever to do anything on any sort of schedule. We're just working. We have no deadlines. It's kind of coming along.
Gara also predicted that METZ will win the Polaris Prize next year.
He also noted that, for some members of the band, the idea of raising a family is becoming a priority. And he said the band has been brainstorming ways of making arena shows more interesting, drawing bits of inspiration from Coldplay and Springsteen. "We don't hand-off that work," he said. "We want to stay engaged."
Watch Arcade Fire's video for "The Suburbs":