The recording studio used by Arcade Fire for their 2007 album, 'Neon Bible', is to be re-opened by a Montreal-based record company collective.
Arcade Fire's 128-year-old renovated church recording studio is to be reopened next month after being bought by Emery Street Records. The old red brick church is located in Farnham in Canada, and also saw artists like Timber Timbre, Wolf Parade and Beirut record within its walls. Named Grand Lodge No. 24, the building is a part of music history and, following its recent purchase, could yet prove to part of music's future.
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The studio, located 65 kilometres to the south of Montreal, was originally built to serve as a Presbyterian church. It served as a café and music venue throughout the 80s and 90s, before being bought by Arcade Fire in 2005 following the release of their tremendously popular debut studio album, 'Funeral', in September, 2004. The Canadian indie rock band used the church as the location for recording the majority of their second studio album, 'Neon Bible', throughout 2006. Before recording began, the church was refurbished into a full recording studio with a living space that included a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.
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'Neon Bible' went on to debut at the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list, and after the release of their third studio album, 'The Suburbs' in 2010, the band put the old recording studio up for sale in January of 2013. According to Global News, the price for the building was $325,000. Grand Lodge No. 24 was supposedly bought for its unique sound and great location.
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In a recent press release the Emery Street general manager, Francis Lemay, said "This mystical place provides a unique venue with peerless sound to record the Emery Street Records musical output, as well as other high quality acts". He continued to say "We wanted to keep the spirit of the place alive and we will produce many great artists in their quest for distinction."
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