It’s been a momentous week for veteran indie rock band Arcade Fire: Earlier this week, the band announced that it was completed weHer first album since 2017 is divisive everything now. One of the band’s longest-serving members, and brother of founder and lead Wayne Butler, Will Butler has now announced that he has left the band after 18 years together.
Butler announced his departure on Twitter this afternoon, noting that he had already left the band late last year, then we completed. He also expressed positivity towards both his now former band members, and fans of the group, writing that “the band is still my friends and family.” (And he is, again, a literal: in addition to his brother, Arcade Fire Régine member Alexandra Chassagne She is the sister of Butler’s wife.
Butler joined the band shortly after their founding, working as a multi-instrumentalist and writer on every release since their debut album, funeral. The often eclectic nature of Arcade Fire’s voice prompted him to jump around the orchestra freely, but he was often seen playing on the synthesizer and bass. In addition to his work with the band, Butler has released three solo albums; the most recent, generationscame out in 2020.
News of Butler’s departure from the band comes as the group prepares for public performances, with sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. (The group also released their first single from weentitled “The First and Second Lightning”.)
In his Twitter message, Will Butler made it sound like the split from Arcade Fire was amicable. He wrote: “I left at the end of last year, after the new record was completed. There was no apparent reason behind it, it’s changed—and the band has—over the past 20 years or so. It’s time for new things.” He confirmed that he will continue to work on the charitable projects that he started during his time with the band, and expressed his plans to start working on a new album soon.