Listen to Will Butler’s Third Song About the News, ‘You Must Be Kidding’
After reading about the water shortage in São Paulo, Butler reflected on time he spent in the city during Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Funeral tours:
The first time I went to São Paulo I was jet-lagged and relatively inexperienced with traveling. It was on the 'Funeral' tour. I think we spent a day and a half in town, most of it inside the hotel, which was behind a high fence with razor wire and armed guards outside. It was a weird, intense scene, that hotel.
I bet that hotel will figure out a way to get water no matter how low the supply gets.
“You Must Be Kidding” follows two other songs Butler has written for The Guardian. “Clean Monday” tackled the Greek debt crisis, while “Waving Flag” was inspired by African anti-apartheid activist, Moses Kotane, as well as pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists.
Butler will put out his debut solo effort, Policy, on March 16 via Merge. Around that time, the singer-songwriter will make an appearance at SXSW with brother and bandmate Win Butler for a panel on the future of the music economy.