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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler speaks on his brother Will’s departure from band: “My brother has his own path”

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Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is sharing his thoughts on his brother and band mate Will Butler‘s decision to leave the group.

Will, the younger Butler, announced this past March that he’d departed Arcade Fire last year following the completion of their upcoming album, WE. “There was no acute reason beyond that I’ve changed — and the band has changed — over the last almost 20 years,” he wrote at the time. “Time for new things.”

In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Win says that Will “always had interests that transcend music.”

“I think that he sort of followed his big brother into this band,” Win muses. “It was his first job.”

Win notes that Will has “three young children,” and that “there’s things way more important than music.”

“My brother has his own path,” Win says. “Fundamentally, you only have one chance to raise your family and to kind of have a life with your family.”

Win adds that he’s “proud” of Will for “doing his own thing.”

Even with Will out of the band, you can always count on at least one Butler being in Arcade Fire.

“This band is my life,” Win says. “There’s no out for me, fortunately.”

WE will be released this Friday, May 6.

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