Published May 14, 2015Will Butler got all spiffed up for his Late Night with Seth Meyers performance last night (May 13). As you'll see downbelow, he slapped on a pretty crisp-looking, well-fitted tuxedo for the benefit of the TV audience, and also lead his band through a shiny, synth-heavy run-through of Policy numbers "Anna" and "Witness."
The track's minimalism fit the low-key set design, with two analogue synth masters and a electro-organic drum kit player performing on risers just behind their leader. From centre stage, Butler delivered jittery choreography, gravelly "bah bah bahs," a couple juxtaposing yelps, and a way out-there electric piano solo that sounded groovy and ghoulish.
They gave similar treatment to "Witness," though Butler and co. dressed-down to wear sweatshirts emblazoned with their first names. The track's rollicking, '50s sockhop feel was spiked with some unruly backups and Butler's own haunted howls, while a fiery sax solo closed out the already ebullient arrangement. You'll find both performances down below.
Butler resumes the touring schedule behind Policy next Thursday (May 21) with a performance at Vancouver's Imperial venue. You can see all of his upcoming show info here.
05/21 Vancouver, BC – The Imperial Theatre *
05/23 George, WA – Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/24 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge ^
05/26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall ^
05/27 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour ^
05/29 San Diego, CA – Casbah ^
05/30 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom ^
06/01 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater ^
06/02 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room ^
06/03 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center ^
06/04 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^
06/05 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^ (acoustic show)
09/18 Montreal, QC – Rialto Theatre (Pop Montreal)
09/20 Toronto, ON – Toronto Urban Roots Fest
* with Perfume Genius
^ with Jo Firestone