Everybody is talking about them so why not us? First came the one-off tour date... then another... then another... Now, the Arcade Fire has released a new single from their forthcoming record, 'The Suburbs' which the band recently announced will drop on August 3rd in the states. There are lots of combinations you can pre-order the new stuff in (e.g., digital; cd plus digital; vinyl; vinyl plus digital; vinyl plus poster plus digital; etc.) so head over to http://www.arcadefire.com/ to choose yours. The best value for sure is the hq digital download for $8. Screw you itunes, you market-share hogging, power-wielding Mr. Moneybags you.
As for the single, well its typical AF. And by that I mean you never really know what influences and what instruments those guys are going to bring to the table. Give a listen on their website (or for a short time below) and see if you have any strong feelings about the new material - personally, I like it but am absent a really passionate response. The band has an awesome widget on their site which we'll borrow for a day or two to let you listen to the new single (plus b-side?) right here on soundproof. I'm actually more in love with the widget than the songs... Yes, I'm a huge nerd.
The Suburbs/Month of May 12″ Single
*widget from http://www.arcadefire.com/vinyl/ - Nice work whoever designed and coded this little gem. I especially like the ability to control the speed and direction with the mouse...