Will Butler Leaves Arcade Fire: ‘Time For Something New’

Will Butler has announced that he is leaving Arcade Fire after two decades with the band.

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The band was formed in Montreal in the early 2000s by Win, brother of multi-instrumentalist Butler. Butler joined in 2004 ahead of their debut album Funeral. The band returned this week with news on sixth album WE and a video for first single The Lightning I, II, which didn’t feature Butler.

In a new series of tweets published tonight (March 19), Butler has revealed that he left the band late last year, saying that it’s “time for new things” and that the band are ” friends and family” stay.

Butler wrote: Hello friends – I have left Arcade Fire. I left late last year after the new record was done. There was no acute reason that I changed – and the band has changed – in the last almost 20 years. Time for something new.”

In a series of follow-up tweets, Butler announced that he’s started work on a new solo album, which will follow, among other things, 2020’s “Generations.”

He added: “Thank you to everyone who has come to AF shows, bought a record or loved our music. It makes sense to be part of your life. Thank you to the crew, staff, management, label people, bands, artists and friends who have helped bring our vision to life over so many years.”

The band is still my friends and family. I’ll be there! Up soon!”

Arcade Fire’s sixth studio album, WE, is out May 6th via Columbia Records and was co-produced by the band with longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, along with Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

Discussing the new album, Butler said that making it “was the longest we’ve spent writing, continuously, probably ever”.

Described in a statement as a “succinct 40-minute epic,” it features seven songs and is “as much about the forces pulling us away from the people we love as it is inspired by the urgent need to bring them closer.” overcome”. according to a press release.

It added: “‘WE”s cathartic journey follows a definable arc from darkness to light over the course of seven songs, divided into two distinct sides – side ‘I’, which channels the fear and loneliness of isolation, and Page ‘WE’ expressing the joy and power of reconnection.”

Review of the comeback single ‘The Lightning I, II’, NME wrote: “The Lightning I, II’ will surely strike a chord with longtime fans of the band. It’s somehow deeply heartfelt and slightly unnerving at the same time; gargantuan in their sound, yet familiar and intimate to those who have followed them for nearly two decades. It feels comfortable like we’ve been here before, but never quite The deep into how Arcade Fire works.”

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Caroline Bleakley

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