In February 2008, Win Butler announced on the band’s journal that the Neon Bible tour had come to an end, after one year of touring and a total of 122 shows (including 33 festivals) in 75 cities and 19 countries.
Win Butler has been a vocal supporter of Barack Obama since the end of the New Hampshire Primary. The Arcade Fire performed two free concerts for Obama in Cleveland and Nelsonville, Ohio on March 2, 2008 and March 3, 2008 before the state’s March 4 primary. The band, with Super chunk, performed another two free concerts for Obama on May 1 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and on May 2 in Carrboro, North Carolina before the state’s May 6 primary.On January 21, 2009, the Arcade Fire and Jay-Z were the musical guests at the Obama Campaign Staff Ball at the DC Armory. Butler thanked President Obama for his stated intent to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and repeatedly thanked the Obama staffers for their work during the election.
The band was rumored to be working with producer Markus Dravs on the soundtrack for the Richard Kelly film The Box.Win Butler denied the claims, but stated that he and Owen Pallett “may do an instrumental piece or two” for the film.
In December 2008, Pitchfork reported the band set up the website miroir-noir.com to foreshadow the release of a concert film with the same title, reporting, “Miroir Noir will feature live footage from the Neon Bible tour.” The upcoming film was directed by Vincent Morisset.It was made available to pre-order on December 15, 2008 with the digital version available to download immediately, and the DVD shipping March 31, 2009.
A re-recorded version of the band’s song “Wake Up” from their 2004 debut album, Funeral, has been used for the trailer of the Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are, which was released on October 2009.The song “Wake Up” has also become popular on sports radio talk shows in the U.S. In 2009, two nationally syndicated shows—The Dan Patrick Show and the Petros and Money show—frequently used the song as “bumper” music. The NFL featured this recording in commercials throughout the broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl. The band donated the proceedings from licensing the song to the NFL to the charity Partners in Health.
The band have finished work on their third album, due for release mid- to late summer of 2010. The band’s booking agent has also stated that live shows will be expected in the summer and will most likely begin with seasonal North-American festivals. The first show announced was actually in Europe and is Oxegen 2010 which takes place in Ireland in July, announced on the 8th of March 2010. Rock Werchter, which is one of the biggest festivals of Europe is also confirmed. The album is being produced by Markus Dravs, who produced their previous album, 2007’s Neon Bible and engineered by Marcus Paquin, who has also previously worked with the band.
Arcade Fire has announced that they will play songs from the new album in their headline performance at the dual Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2010, with Will Butler noting “We’re really looking forward to playing the new songs live…[it’s] like an inventor emerging from his basement after a year’s work.”
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