Will Butler really is in a no Win situation both literally and figuratively. The lesser known Arcade Fire Butler struck out on his own last year away from his enormo-band with the 'Policy' album and this brief follow up showcases him attempting to play the songs live. Aptly he is introduced by a comedian and there are new songs here too some of which he wrote for the Guardian.
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So it turns out that Will Butler is four people, one of whom is called Will Butler. Whilst Will wrote and recorded most of the album ‘Policy’, he got so excited about this Will Butler Band that he wanted a live performance recorded for prosperity. It sounds like everyone is having a really super time here and all between song banter and audience squeaks are left in.
Your enjoyment of this will how much you need a live performance of one member of Arcade Fire. Will’s songs are raucous affairs that recall Jonathan Richman or Violent Femmes and throughout he has the sound of a man who simply can’t believe his luck that he is able to do this for a living. The big rackety choruses and Elvis impersonations get everyone in the club rocking and Will’s songs have an immediacy that suggests that even if you’d wandered in off the street by accident you’ll soon start nodding along.
How this translates to home listening remains to be seen but if you fancy pretending you were at a Will Butler show in Chicago this Friday, this feel-good indie rock will help you live that dream.
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