Will Butler shares his first singles since splitting from Arcade Fire


While Will Butler only announced his split from Arcade Fire in March, shortly after the release of the band’s sixth studio album. WE – his tenure with the indie rock ensemble had actually ended when the project was completed. Now Butler is back with “A Stranger’s House” and “Nearer to Thee,” his first releases since announcing his exit from the group.

The former single arrives with a self-directed music video pairing the sparsely-lyriced song with a silent monologue written by David Adjmi. As he recounts the detailed collapse of a friendship during a trip to Italy, Butler sings of a desire to be anywhere but where he is now.

Butler’s last solo outing came in 2020 when he shared his second album Generations. When he announced his exit from Arcade Fire, the musician teased that he had “a few other projects in the works.” With these two singles released, he is planning a seven-date North American tour with stops along the east coast.

Butler will perform in Cambridge, Montreal, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Washington DC and Philadelphia from August 11-21. He will be joined by Sara Dobbs, Miles Francis, Jenny Shore and Julie Shore.

Will Butler’s North American Tour Dates:
August 11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
August 12 – Montreal, Quebec @ Fairmount Theater
August 13 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace
August 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
August 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made
August 20 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
August 21 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Johnny Brenda’s


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