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Will Butler: Life on the road can be annoying

Arcade Fire's Will Butler has given an insight into being on the road.

The 32-year-old musician is a founding member of hit band Arcade Fire, in which he's joined by brother Win, Win's wife Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

He has also started a solo project and is currently performing new tracks from debut album Policy.

Playing so many shows in various locations means Will has to spend a lot of time in a bus or van; an experience he still isn't fully comfortable with.

"It's a totally awesome job, don't get me wrong. But the physical constraint of it is crazy. It's like being back in grade school. You have to ask to go to the bathroom, because you're in a van. It drives you bonkers after a while that your basic bodily functions are under the control of other people," he sighed to

Arcade Fire formed in 2001 and have had dozens of headlining shows since, including Coachella and Glastonbury Festival, so Will has a good base for his solo career.

It may be tricky to spend so much time in close proximity to his new bandmates, but Will finds a way to keep things positive in the van.

"There's no alone time," he added. "But, to be honest, we've gotten into such a rhythm that it's been totally fine. And in this world of headphones, you can always zone out if you need to. It's a short tour. Everyone's excited. Everyone's still getting to know each other."

Will's already had great exposure, recently performing on The Late Show with David Letterman and appearing at the South by Southwest festival last week.

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