Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Will Butler will release his debut solo LP Policy on March 10th, but before the album hits shelves next week, Butler has offered up a stream of Policy's eight tracks (via Pitchfork).
In a statement, Butler describes Policy as "American music — in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, the Breeders, the Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, the Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (which counts)." Butler will also perform on Late Show With David Letterman on March 10th, the day of Policy's release.
In support of Policy, Butler embarked on an interesting musical project last month that found him penning and recording five new songs based on news stories he read in The Guardian. That experiment resulted in "Clean Monday" about troubles in the Greek economy, "Waving Flags" about Ukrainian separatists, "You Must Be Kidding" about a Sao Paulo water crisis, the black hole-inspired "Madonna Can't Save Me Now" and finally "Waters of Babylon," which Butler wrote after reading about ISIS members destroying artifacts in a Mosul, Iraq museum.
In addition to his first solo album, Butler will also set out on his inaugural Arcade Fire-less trek kicking off March 5th at New York's Bowery Ballroom.
March 5 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 6 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
March 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
March 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ MusicNOW Festival
March 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
March 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
March 14 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
March 15 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
March 16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
March 18-21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 23 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
March 24 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
March 26 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
March 27 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
March 28-29 - Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
May 21 - Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial Theatre
May 23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
May 24 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
May 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
May 29 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
May 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
June 1 - Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
June 2 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
June 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
June 4 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall