Arcade Fire are working on the follow up to 2010's award-winning The Suburbs. In an interview with Ottawa radio station CKCU, the band’s drummer Jeremy Gara says they hope for it to be ready by the end of 2013.
"We are just working like we always have," said Gara. "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."
Gara admitted the band were taking their time, saying that Arcade Fire work at their own pace with no firm deadlines from managers or recording label. "We're not that far into a record, but we've been working for a few months now," he said.
Gara joked that the only way the band could follow up the huge success of The Suburbs was with "a fourth album collapse." But he added that the awards and accolades – including a Grammy for Album of the Year – have not fazed the band. "It was pretty easy to be like, 'That was incredible, that was super weird – now let's go back to what we do,'” he said.
Gara also added Arcade Fire were working in a new recording space, a move prompted by a collapsing roof at the church that housed their old studio.