Arcade Fire revealed on their official website today that they will release their third album The Suburbs on August 3rd, giving fans just three days to familiarize themselves with the material before the Montreal collective's headlining set at this year's Lollapalooza. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Arcade Fire had posted half-minute snippets of the album's title track and "Month of May," but with the limited-edition 12" single now out in select record stores, both songs are available for purchase on their site.
"We're pretty much done with our new album," Arcade Fire wrote in a handwritten letter that appears on their site. "The homestretch!" (The album is available for pre-order in a variety of formats.) The band has also posted the lyrics to "The Suburbs" in a "click and drag" style that resembles refrigerator magnets. Expect a new music video to pop up soon. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Arcade Fire and director Spike Jonze recently collaborated on a short film inspired by the album's title track. Filmed in Austin, Texas last month, the short film reportedly revolves around a cast of teenagers in a story of "friends growing apart," which seems to echo the theme and lyrics of "The Suburbs."