Will Butler’s songwriting is inspired by The Guardian
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is to write and release a song a day that has been inspired by The Guardian
ill Butler – known as one of the core members of the Canadian indie-rock troupe Arcade Fire – has said that he will write a song each day this coming week that is inspired by stories in English newspaper The Guardian. When speaking to the publication Butler said that there was ‘something beautiful’ in taking songwriting inspiration from stories from world around you.
Butler said,”It’s a cruel thing, but sometimes you read something and think, “Uh oh. I could make something really meaty out of that.” Something like the Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial — my God, that’s the gnarliest story in the world, but it’s interesting. Or you might read a science headline and think, “The universe is so much bigger than I thought it was.” There’s something really beautiful in that.”
Butler’s songs will be released through The Guardian’s website and will commence on Monday February 23, with his upcoming debut solo album Policy due out in less than a month – March 16. Butler explained that his solo album came about because his brother Win and his wife Régine Chassagne – also of Arcade Fire – were unable to write the score for Spike Jonze’s film Her, with Butler being asked to replace the pair. Of this he said “[Solo work] was kind of forced on me; I feel like my name was suddenly out there.”