Fred Armisen and the 8G Band

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  • 26.2.14

Seth Meyers recently became the fourth person in history to have taken over NBC’s Late Night and the show being only three days old, may still be a bit stiff that far, but its house band is definitely worth taking a closer look at.

Named after the studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, where the show is filmed, the band is led by one of the funniest people around, Fred Armisen, mostly known from his eleven excellent seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and also for creating the outstanding sketch comedy series Portlandia on IFC, together with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, which debuts its season 4 premier tonight. But besides being a hilarious comedian, Fred Armisen is also an excellent musician. From 1988 to their demise in 1996 he was the drummer of the post-hardcore punk band, Trenchmouth from Chicago.

Also during that period, Fred drummed for The Blue Man Group, until he joined SNL and got a lot closer to becoming a household name.

The rest of the 8G Band have not done that bad in the past as well. Eli Janney was in Girls Against Boys, Seth Jabour and Syd Butler are both in Les Savy Fav and Kimberly Thompson has played with Kanye West, Beyonce and more equally huge pop names.

Here’s a couple of more examples of this band’s past and what they’re capable of…

So, for having planted that much enjoyable post-punk-ish element to a late night talk show house band and proving that one can be funny and artistic at the same time, as long as there’s good taste involved, we salute Fred Armisen.


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