Release Date: 08 May 2007
Format: LP Double Vinyl
The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album NEON BIBLE. It was a slow year, mostly.
The couple years before that had been rather hectic. Funeral, their first album, was released in September of 2004. Reviews were insanely positive, from local Montreal press to New York Times feature articles.
Shows, too, were selling out. In 2004, the Arcade Fire were playing small venues packed to the gills with 100, maybe 200 people. After Funeral came out, the size of the shows slowly crept up. By the end of 2005, the Arcade Fire were playing largish venues packed to the gills with thousands of people, in shows that had sold out in ridiculously short amounts of time.
Nice but weird things happened to the Arcade Fire all of 2005. They played a Talking Heads song with David Byrne at one of their shows, and then got to open for him at the Hollywood Bowl. They got to perform with David Bowie, both in concert and on national TV. They got to go to Japan and Sweden and Brazil. They also got to perform a very poorly rehearsed version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart (Again)” with U2.
Coming off a year of intense touring, they wanted to just sit down and write some songs. And then record them. So they found a church out in a small town and turned it into a studio.
The band worked and played and worked, and as Christmas 2006 approached the recording was finished. NEON BIBLE was full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and meticulously orchestrated woodwinds. Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet rumbles and loud rumbles. But mostly just eleven songs that the band thinks are really good. And that might be of some public interest. So, on with 2007
1. Black Mirror
2. Keep The Car Running
3. Neon Bible
1. Black Wave
2. Ocean Of Noise
3. The Well And The Lighthouse
4. Building Downtown (Antichrist Television Blues)
2. No Cars Go
3. My Body Is A Cage