Arcade Fire fans in New Orleans received a big surprise last night when the Montreal band put on a surprise show to debut some new, never-before-heard music.
As the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, the band — in The Big Easy this weekend to close out this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival as Sunday’s headliners — took over an empty space at the city’s Secondline Stages film studios to put on a show for an audience of about 175 fans, most dressed in elaborate Halloween costumes.
“The new music, driven by percussive-heavy beats with a flavor of disco, had a sharp focus on weighty topics,” reports the Times-Picayune. “The band seem ready and eager to share their work with larger crowds.”
Presumably the new tunes will appear on the band’s next album, which has been rumoured to be released sometime in spring 2017.
“Attendees were told little more than to arrive at Secondline at 9 p.m., where cell phones were confiscated at the door,” notes the Times-Picayune of the surprise show. “Once inside, bartenders served mixed cocktails under a haze from fog machines. White spider webs stretched across orange strings of lights, which met at a rotating disco ball overhead. Below, [front man] Win Butler oversaw DJ duties as he and fellow band-members poured his guests cups of wine. About a third of the room was taken over by the performing space, a formal set-up of Arcade Fire’s massive collection of road gear and instruments, including violins, guitars, basses, keyboards, two full drum kits, a row of mic stands and even a steel drum.”
“Thank you all for being here,” Butler told the crowd. As the newspaper notes, he and wife (and fellow Arcade Fire member) Regine Chassagne have lived in New Orleans since 2013.