Seth introduced Twitter to the first image of The 8G Band, and now it’s time you learn a bit more about this stacked roster.
Fred Armisen (Bandleader)
You no doubt recognize our bandleader from a little show called Portlandia or, of course, his 11 years on Saturday Night Live. Joining the cast in 2002, Fred Armisen provided SNLwith some of the most memorable musical sketches in the show’s history.
Punk and/or Margaret Thatcher fans may know Fred as “Ian Rubbish,” the angriest frontman in music.
Fred also lent his vocals and unique songwriting talent as one-half of ‘70s vocal duo The Bjelland Brothers alongside Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.
His lyricism unmatched, Fred fronted The Blue Jean Committee, whose single “Massachusetts Afternoon” made him a bar band legend.
But, prior to SNL, Fred lent his percussion chops to Chicago-based ‘90s punk bandTrenchmouth. In fact, to this day, many Chicago music fans don’t think of him as “Fred Armisen from SNL,” but as “Fred from Trenchmouth.”
Even The Tonight Show drummer Questlove had to give Fred props after the duo’s insane Late Night with Jimmy Fallon drum-off.
Seth Jabour (Guitar) and Syd Butler (Bass)
Joining Fred are Seth and Syd from New York-based indie rockers, Les Savy Fav. Since 1995, Les Savy Fav has been bringing their trademark style of art punk to a legion of rabid fans, who show up in droves for the band’s energetic live shows.
Syd is also the founder of the band’s label, Frenchkiss Records, whose revered roster includes such well-known acts as Bloc Party, The Hold Steady, Local Natives, and Passion Pit.
Kimberly Thompson (Drums)
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Kimberly Thompson has offered her drumming chops to a plethora of musicians, including Beyoncé’s band. Having performed in over 33 countries, Kimberly’s versatility allows her to blur the line between rock, jazz, and R&B.
Watch Kimberly play a blindfolded drum solo for Beyoncé.
Eli Janney (Keys)
Since founding hard rock band Girls Against Boys in 1988, Eli Janney has toured the world in support of eight full-length albums and eight EPs. In recent years, he’s also worked behind the scenes as a producer and sound mixer for The Tweens and Drowners on albums released on his fellow 8G Band member Syd Butler’s Frenchkiss Records.