The music video for “Good With God” features a few welcome faces. The video was shared by Pitchfork and shot as fictional talk show “An Hour and 60 Minutes” hosted by Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office). With the band’s drummer, Philip Peeples, incapacitated, Fred Armisen joined in on the fun as well, both guest-drumming and contributing some humorously odd banter. Frontman Rhett Miller explained in a statement:
Lee Kirk and his team had written a great script and arranged for what would have been a very cool video when we discovered at the last minute that our drummer would not be able to take part in the filming. Thank god that Fred Armisen is a world-class drummer in addition to being literally the funniest man on the planet. What we wound up with was unexpected and amazing. This video could have been an hour long given all of the hilarious improv that Jenna and Fred did.
Old 97’s are, of course, not Armisen’s only cool indie-rock connection. Armisen stars on Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney fame, and regularly hosts music heavyweights such as Paul Simon, Run the Jewels, Aimee Mann, The Flaming Lips and Joanna Newsom on the show.
“Good With God” is from Old 97’s’ new album Graveyard Whistling, released today via ATO Records. Watch the video above, watch their recent performance at the Paste Studio below and Paste’s interview with Fred Armisen from SXSW beneath that, and find Paste’s review of Graveyard Whistling here.