Will Butler has announced his departure from indie rock band Arcade Fire. One of the band’s earliest members, Butler joined the group in 2003, playing with them for 18 years. He’s also the brother of Arcade Fire founder and frontman, Win Butler.
Butler shared the news in a series of tweets. “Hi friends— I’ve left Arcade Fire,” he wrote. “I left at the end of last year, after the new record was complete. There was no acute reason beyond that I’ve changed—and the band has changed—over the last almost 20 years. Time for new things.”
Butler played several different instruments in the group, including bass, percussion and synth. He will still appear on Arcade Fire’s forthcoming album WE. Recorded in 2021, the album is slated to be released May 6 and follows 2017’s Everything Now.
The multi-instrumentalist thanked Arcade Fire fans for their support over the years and said that he’s working on a few new projects, including a record and booking some live shows.
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