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Friday Night is a live album of performances from Will Butler’s tour supporting Policy, his first album. It was recorded mostly at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 4, 2015. Five of the songs are from Policy, two are songs Will wrote for the Guardian newspaper last year, and five are new.

This record exists partly because I had a really good band, and I wanted to document it. Miles Arntzen (EMEFE, Antibalas) played drums (standing up at a full kit—he didn’t use a hi-hat pedal, so he could stand on that leg while working the kick drum with the other). Julie Shore played synth bass. Sara Dobbs played synth leads and Mellotron pads. Everybody sang backing vocals. We started almost every show with “You Must Be Kidding.” Not only does it build nicely, but the chorus lyric is literally “It’s only just begun.”

So the album starts with the encore “Tell Me We’re All Right” which was only ever played once, and this is the recording of it. We never soundchecked it. It wasn’t even written yet (you might be able to tell). But Miles plays some magical fills, Sara and Julie jump in with good harmonies, and the crowd even begins a spontaneous call-and-response at the end (“You’re all right!”). This record also exists because I wrote a lot of new songs and the band got good at playing them, and I wanted to put them out to the wider world. Sometimes an artist will take a new song into the studio and polish it until there’s nothing left. I wanted these songs to avoid that fate. “Sun Comes Up” is a love song. (Will Butler, March 2016)

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Track Listing:

Side A:
Encore - Tell Me We're All Right
You Must Be Kidding
Sun Comes Up
Madonna Can't Save Me Now
Something's Coming

Side B:
Sing to Me
Public Defender
Take My Side
Encore - Friday Night

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