After ten years, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is finally treading his own path. The multi-instrumentalist (who plays bass, drums, synthesizer, and guitar) was nominated for his first Academy Award in 2014, and released his debut album, Policy, not long after in 2015 (via Merge, the same label that released Reflektor).
And it’s an ambitious album, too. Butler describes it as “in the tradition” of American musical icons of all genres, citing everyone from Smokey Robinson to Bob Dylan, the Violent Femmes, and even Ghostface Killah. As he says, it’s “music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world,” so there’s that.
But there is one influence on the album that’s a little more literal: Jimi Hendrix. Policy was recorded in his former living room at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
Butler will be headed to the Great American Music Hall this month with The Domestics. Get full details below.
Will Butler, The Domestics
The Great American Music Hall
May 26, 2015
8 pm, $17 (6+)