Daily Distraction: Get the band back together with Christian Lee Hutson

Joel Oliphint
Christian Lee Hutson

"Harry, I had a thought/If I dust the old ax off/Maybe we could give this thing a real shot," sings Christian Lee Hutson on "Get the Old Band Back Together," a standout on excellent, just-released album Beginners, Hutson's first for ANTI-.

Hutson had this to say about the song in a recent press release: 

"A few years ago I ran into the drummer of a still-together band from my high school, who had just been kicked out. When he told the singer he’d been considering becoming a building inspector, the guy gave him an ultimatum: the band or inspecting buildings. He chose to inspect buildings, a decision that may have been impacted by the fact that the band never played a show or recorded a song. Still, he was pretty bummed about it, and that gave me the idea for this song.

I had been wanting to make something with my director friend Michael Tyrone Delaney, who’d had this idea to splice up old talent show footage with footage of me and some friends showcasing some of our own ‘talents.’ My partner, Sharon Silva, showcases her Irish dancing. My childhood hero, Conor Oberst, takes an aggressive, impromptu harmonica solo in the video (and on the recording). My adulthood hero and best friend, Phoebe Bridgers, plays a master of puppets. We shot it in April so everyone had to self tape."

Hutson made the arty folk-pop album with a bunch of his friends, who also happen to be extremely talented musicians and songwriters: Conor Oberst, Lucy Dacus, Meg Duffy and Phoebe Bridgers, who produced Beginners

Check out the video for "Get the Old Band Back Together" below: