Will Butler shares new single 'Bethlehem'

With his eagerly-awaited new solo album arriving at the end of next week, Arcade Fire frontman Will Butler has now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from his forthcoming full-length.

The new single 'Bethlehem' follows on from the previously shared tracks 'Close My Eyes' and 'Surrender' in previewing his new LP 'Generations', which arrives on the 25th September via Merge Records.

Speaking about the new offering, he said, "This song partly springs from The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats:​ "what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" Like a lot of folks, I woke up after the election in 2016 mad and sad and scared and exhausted. This song is born of that emotion.

"My bandmates Jenny Shore, Julie Shore and Sara Dobbs sing the bridge, and it’s a corrective to my (appropriate?) freaking out - this isn’t the apocalypse. You’re misquoting Yeats. Get your fucking head on straight. History has not ruptured - this shit we’re in is contiguous with the shit we’ve been dealing with for a long, long time. But still, we sometimes do need an apocalyptic vision to make change. Even if it’s technically wrong. I dunno. It’s an ongoing conversation."

Check out the new video for 'Bethlehem' in the player below.

More News

Sea Girls return with new single 'Accident Waiting To Happen'

Despite only just releasing their highly-praised debut album 'Open Up Your Head' a few weeks ago, Sea Girls have already returned to share a brand... 2 hours 37 sec ago

Refused announce new EP 'The Malignant Fire'

Following on from the release of their much-loved LP 'War Music' last year, Refused are back to announce the details of a brand new EP, expected to... 4 hours 6 min ago

Biig Piig shares new singles 'Oh No' and 'Liahr'

Following on from the huge success of her previously shared single 'Don't Turn Around' earlier this year, Biig Piig has now returned to share a pair... 20 hours 29 min ago

Easy Life return with new single 'Daydreams'

Following on from the huge success of their mixtape 'Junk Food' earlier this year, Easy Life have now returned to share a brand new single. The... 1 day 2 hours ago

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce new album 'K.G.'

Following on from the release of their 2019 LPs 'Fishing For Fishies' and 'Infest The Rats' Nest', King Gizzard... 1 day 4 hours ago

FINNEAS shares new single 'Can't Wait To Be Dead'

Following up the release of his highly-praised debut EP 'Blood Harmony' last year, FINNEAS is back once again with another new cut since that initial... 1 day 20 hours ago

Arlo Parks announces debut album 'Collapsed In Sunbeams'

Having spent the last year or so releasing a wave of new material, covers, and collaborations, Arlo Parks has now announced the details behind her... 2 days 4 hours ago

Marika Hackman unveils covers of Elliott Smith’s ‘Between The Bars’ and Beyonce’s ‘All Night'

With her eagerly-awaited covers album set to drop next month, Marika Hackman has now unveiled a pair of new offerings lifted from her forthcoming... 2 days 20 hours ago

The Staves announce new album 'Good Woman'

Following on from the release of their critically-acclaimed 2014 sophomore album 'If I Was', The Staves are back to announce the details behind their... 3 days 4 hours ago