The last time the music world heard from the Arcade Fire in a full-length fashion, it was in the form of 2010 release The Suburbs, which would go on to snag the coveted Album of the Year award at the 2011 GRAMMYs.

Today (July 12), the band unexpectedly announced October 29 release date for their as-yet-untitled fourth studio releasing while casually responding to a fan’s praises.

The Twitter reply also came with two new images from the band (see above): a shot of the Montreal Biosphere covered in flames (it caught fire in May 1976), and a picture of the Montreal indie rockers swathed in a reddish glow akin to the Biosphere picture. Rather, it’s a picture of three band members (Win Butler, Regine Chassgne and Richard Reed Parry) with rough cut-outs of three other members (Will Butler, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury) added on.

However, there’s one glaring detail in the group shot: violinist Sarah Neufeld is not depicted. Though the band has not made any announcements regarding a departure of Neufeld, it wouldn’t be too hard to fathom an exit on her part, seeing as she’s releasing a solo album next month and is also a member of Bell Orchestre. However, her tour itinerary ends August 28, leaving her schedule leading up to the Arcade Fire album free for the inevitable promo blitz. (For what it’s worth, leading fan site Arcade Fire Tube is confident in its claim that Neufeld still is in the group.)

This new Arcade Fire album has been the source of much speculation this year, with the buzz growing even stronger when it was announced that former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy would be producing the new music.

“There’s a lot of them, and they’re mostly self-produced – like, they don’t need a producer in a certain way,” Murphy told Rolling Stoneabout working with the Canadian outfit, adding, “I think It’s going to be a really great record, actually. I’m eager to see it come out.”

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler recently joined the Rolling Stonesonstage during the band’s Montreal stop on the 50 and CountingTour on the Stones’ 1965 nugget, “The Last Time.” His wife and co-band leader, Regine Chassagne, gave birth to the couple’s first child back in April.

– Scott T. Sterling, (Additional reporting by Jillian Mapes,


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