All tracks for the band's fifth album have been recorded
tom skinner
08:30 11th January 2017

It's almost time to get excited Arcade Fire fans - after hinting that a new album could be coming out in 2017, drummer Jeremy Gara has confirmed that the band's fifth studio album will be out this year, and could appear as early as Spring.

In an interview with Red Bull Music Poland (Translated by fansite ArcadeFireTube), Gara claimed that the recording process for the Reflektor follow-up has been completed, and that the band have more than enough material for the album that "should come out this year".

Gara said the band are "still mixing and trying to decide which songs will end up on the record, because we've recorded more than we need".

Speaking of the band's popularity, the drummer said that as always, there is no rush to get new material out there: "I know we're a popular band, but we always stick to the same rule; we record until we feel that the music is ready."

With the Canadian powerhouse returning to the stage this festival season, Gara spoke of their upcoming touring schedule, which he says could run until 2019 in support of the new album.

Though no new material has surfaced yet, Win Butler did lead the Voodoo Music + Arts Festival crowd through a euphoric chant with an aim to sample for a new track. The band headlined the festival back in October. 

Presumably armed with a crop of new material, the band will hit the festival circuit this summer with dates including Primavera and a UK festival exclusive performance at Isle of Wight Festival. 

In the meantime - documenting their extravagant Reflektor tour - Arcade Fire are set to release their first live DVD this month, which beautifully captures their 2014 Earls Court performance. The release will come with The Reflektor Tapes documentary, which shows the 2013 record in the making. 

The Reflektor Tapes and Live at Earls Court DVD will be released on January 27.