Given its outsize musical ambitions and unabashed theatricality, the Arcade Fire could have filled a three-ring recording studio. The place it ultimately found to record "Neon Bible," the band’s follow-up to its successful and surprisingly poised 2004 debut album, "Funeral," was a 19th-century redbrick church in a small farm town an hour outside of Montreal. The church already had a stage in front, a hundred-foot ceiling that returned rich, live-sounding reverberations and a rear balcony that could be turned into a glassed-in sound booth.
PUBLISHED: March 4, 2007
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4980 words)