Will Butler (of Arcade Fire) releasing debut record March 10

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Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist/hype-man Will Butler is releasing his solo debut, Policy, on Merge Records on March 10th. Billboard describes Policy as “a sophisticated amalgam of styles: garage rock, synth-and-sax minimalism, and HoJo-lounge funk.”

Ahead of the record, he’s premiered “Anna,” along with a video he directed himself. Butler says the video is part of his efforts to bring a “100% serious, but 100% joking” attitude back to modern rock.

Will Butler’s first Arcade Fire-less tour finds him “really excited to fill small venues with a 4-piece. We’ll still be plenty loud.” The tour will open in New York on March 5 and continue to SXSW before heading to Europe. No Bay Area dates as of yet.

Pre-order Policy now on CD or LP in the Merge store or at iTunes.

Watch the video at YouTube and stream “Anna” now via Soundcloud.

Will Butler on tour:
Mar 05 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
Mar 06 Boston, MA – TT the Bears
Mar 07 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Mar 11 Cincinnati, OH – MusicNOW Festival
Mar 12 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Mar 13 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Mar 14 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 15 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Mar 16 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Mar 18 Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 19 Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 20 Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 21 Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 24 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Mar 26 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
Mar 27 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Mar 28 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
Mar 29 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
Apr 11 Rotterdam, NL – Motel Mozaique
Apr 13 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Old Hall
Apr 14 Brussels, BE – AB Club
Apr 15 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Apr 16 Berlin, DE – Frannz Club
Apr 18 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Apr 20 Glasgow, UK – Art School
Apr 21 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Apr 22 London, UK – Scala
Apr 23 Birmingham, UK – The Temple Room
Apr 25 Dublin, IE – Whelans

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