Will Butler – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – May 24th, 2015

Will Butler

Eclectic solo project debut from the family of indie rock royalty

Will Butler

The Domestics

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Will Butler has partnered with Plus One so that $1 from every ticket goes the global health organization Partners In Health (www.pih.org).


Will Butler
Will Butler
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name.
Policy is 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 (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.
Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix's old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will.

The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity. The songs are angry, loving, joking, tired, honest, idiotic. They clash against each other but also fit and work together-as if a blind watchmaker made a Frankenstein watch that came alive and told extremely accurate time while having conflicting feelings about its creator. No, about creation itself. But then the watch makes friends with a talking rat, and they go on hilarious adventures until it turns out that the rat was dead the whole time. With a really good credits song-I mean, the whole soundtrack is excellent. You should check it out.

Yours truly,
Memphis Slim
Blues Musician
The Domestics
The Domestics
LITTLE DARKNESS was born at Flora Recording & Playback, the renowned Portland facility where Michael Finn works alongside studio owner/producer Tucker Martine. Having assisted and engineered more than 35 albums with Martine – including works by The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, and Neko Case – this time Finn found himself on the other side of the glass with songwriter and bandmate Leo London tirelessly pushing their band in ambitious new directions. The Domestics spent a solid month at Flora building and developing LITTLE DARKNESS; 16-hour days, seven days a week, in which the duo took full advantage of the studio’s limitless possibilities in pursuit of something truly unique and powerful. Indeed, songs like “Love That Dress” and “Going Down The Wrong Way” add remarkable new shades to The Domestics’ frank and inventive musical approach. The two tunesmiths set the intimate songs amidst immersive and exhilarating arrangements, amplifying their personal potency. Traditional instrumentation was wed throughout the process with wide ranging sonic ambition; found sounds, creative tape loops, and waves of harmonic distortion. The result is both idiosyncratic and indelible, rich with ingenious originality, broken-hearted lyricism, and riveting creative passion.

The Domestics and their self-titled debut album arrived in 2015 and earned instant applause from a range of high profile media outlets. SPIN named the band one of “Five Artists To Watch,” praising THE DOMESTICS’ “gritty guitars, lo-fi drums, and breezy unison melodies,” declaring the eponymous album to be “a heart-on-its sleeve affair, loaded with wistful tunes steeped in the tradition of the great American rock song.” “The Domestics are not entering the indie scene quietly,” noted Paste. “Rather, (they are) starting out with a strong, loud and joyful sound.” “Demurely charming,” raved The Nerdist. “You can easily glean the authenticity of the group’s emotional earnestness.”

Hailed for their eclectic and energetic live shows, The Domestics will celebrate LITTLE DARKNESS with a winter west coast tour, set to get underway December 2nd at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater. For details and ticket information, please visit www.the-domestics.com/tour.