What A birthday present this is going to be. Ireland will be getting the new Arcade Fire album on July 30, a full three days before the UK, and four before the US.

It is indeed titleed ‘The Suburbs’ and could well be a concept album, as highlighted by NME, about the inertia of life in 2010. A band wearied by everything in the modern age, Arcade Fire could define the feelings of a nation wearied by three years of recession.

They left this note on the website last night

They were also kind enough to give us a glance at the artwork:

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