November 28, 2022


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Feist leaves Arcade Hearth tour after Win Butler allegations

Feist leaves Arcade Hearth tour after Win Butler allegations

Singer-songwriter Leslie Feist introduced on Thursday that she’ll not open for Arcade Hearth on their European tour, citing the current allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to that band’s frontman Win Butler.

In an Instagram publish after the tour kickoff in Dublin, Feist wrote, “What I’m positive of is one of the best ways to deal with my band and crew and my household is to distance myself from this tour, not this dialog. … I’m claiming my accountability now and going dwelling.”

Feist mentioned within the publish that she learn concerning the allegations in opposition to Butler, first printed in Pitchfork, whereas making ready for the opening evening of tour. At that gig, Feist posted an indication saying that she’d donate all merchandise income from that evening to the charity Ladies’s Support Dublin.

“We didn’t have any time to organize for what was coming not to mention an opportunity to determine to not fly throughout the ocean into the stomach of this case,” Feist wrote. “This has been extremely troublesome for me and I can solely think about how far more troublesome it’s been for the individuals who got here ahead. Greater than something I want therapeutic to these concerned.”

She continued, “My experiences embrace the identical experiences because the many individuals I’ve spoken to for the reason that information broke on Saturday, and the numerous strangers whom I’ll solely be capable of attain with this letter, or in no way. All of us have a narrative inside a spectrum starting from baseline poisonous masculinity to pervasive misogyny to really being bodily, psychologically, emotionally or sexually assaulted. … It may be a lonely highway to make sense of sick therapy. I can’t clear up that by quitting, and I can’t clear up it by staying. However I can’t proceed.”

A man sings and plays acoustic guitar onstage.

Arcade Hearth’s Win Butler acting at Coachella on April 15, 2022.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Instances)

4 folks talking anonymously to Pitchfork accused Butler of sexual misconduct. One claimed that Butler got here to their dwelling, “pinned me up in opposition to the wall and was aggressively grabbing my physique and sticking his tongue down my throat. … Ultimately he pulled me onto his lap on my sofa. I don’t know if he was holding me by the waist or what, however I used to be bodily constrained by him as he was placing his hand down my pants.”

Butler denied the allegations however acknowledged that he had pursued extramarital relationships. Butler is married to Arcade Hearth’s co-founder Régine Chassagne. “Whereas these relationships have been all consensual, I’m very sorry to anybody who I’ve harm with my conduct,” he wrote in an announcement.

Feist’s exit from the tour comes as Canadian and U.S. radio stations start to drag Arcade Hearth’s music from their playlists. A consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. mentioned the broadcaster will “pause” any spins on CBC Music FM radio station and SiriusXM’s CBC Radio 3 station. This system director of Indie88 in Toronto additionally added that the station fashioned a “a fast resolution over the weekend to drag the band’s music” however had not but decided to drag the band’s catalog completely.

Arcade Hearth followers had blended reactions to the allegations. On the tour kickoff in Dublin, one fan instructed the Guardian, “I’ve been listening to them my complete life. However this information, jeez Louise, I’ve been in ribbons. There are various musicians that do horrid issues, however Win?”

Arcade Hearth gained the 2011 Grammy Award for album of the yr with its third studio album, “The Suburbs,” and performed a shock set on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Competition in April to help its newest album, “We.”

Arcade Hearth’s European tour is, for now, continuing as scheduled, with a U.S. run that includes opener Beck scheduled for later this fall, together with two nights on the Kia Discussion board on Nov. 16 and 17.