Arcade Fire opened up with NME about Will Butler’s recent departure from the band.
Win Butler, Will’s brother multinational, founded Arcade Fire in Montreal in the early 2000s, and Butler joined in 2004 ahead of his debut album “Funeral.”
After the band returned in March with news of their sixth album ‘WE’, and a video of their debut single ‘The Lightning I, II’, Will confirmed on social media that he had left Arcade Fire.
In a series of tweets posted on March 19, Will revealed that he left the band at the end of last year, saying it was “time for new things” and that the band is still “friends and family.”
“Hey guys – I left Arcade Fire,” he wrote. “I resigned at the end of last year, after the new record was completed. There was no compelling reason other than that I have changed – and the band has changed – for almost 20 years. It’s time for things make new.
He added: “Thank you to everyone who came to AF concerts, or bought a record, or who loves our music. It’s very wise to be a part of your life. Thanks to the staff, with the staff, management, label people, bands, artists and friends who have helped make our vision a reality for many years.The band is still friends and family.I will be around!
Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read, Arcade Fire has opened up about Will’s departure.
Discussing his brother’s next move, Win said, “He’s our family and everyone in the band, and he’s a great guy who has a lot of things that are not in this band.”
He said, “And on a human level, he’s three little kids, he’s got a lot more to do … we fully support his journey and we look forward to seeing him.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the band discussed the creation of “WE”, released today (May 6), and reflected on its early days and roots, such as when David Bowie and David Byrne came to see them at a concert. soon i. his career.
Bowie was in charge of Arcade Fire in his early days (joking “he found them”), and in 2013 lent his voice to ‘Reflektor’. Ten years earlier, in 2004, Bowie and Byrne had attended the band’s first concert in New York, at the Bowery Ballroom.
“What business did they have to see a Canadian punk band in New York in 2004?” Butler took over NME.
“They had already done it all: if they had never done anything else, their heritage is completely set in stone and they did not have to create anything. But it was what I learned from them that they were still hungry, interesting and curious. “
Reviewing the band’s latest album, NME said: “Coming to the weak acoustic title track, all the oppression, doubt and anxiety is gone and Butler is in love with the world again wanting to be ‘wild’ and “free”, sell all your possessions and take another ride on this dead – rolling coast: “when it’s over, can we do it again? “.
“Our global journey from fear to respect is progressing in what Arcade Fire accurately describes itself as” a concise 40 minute epic. ” Philosophically, they have not focused on this since 2010’s The Suburbs, ‘or this musical dramatic since’ Neon Bible. ‘since 2007. Subscribe. “