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Fred Armisen gives drums to Seaway after robbery, drums in new movie (that’s screening at House of Vans)

Onetime Trenchmouth drummer Fred Armisen was nice enough to give a band in need some help this week. Canadians Seaway had their trailer broken into while in Los Angeles, and almost all their gear got stolen . (Apparently this was the sixth time the band have had their gear stolen.) According to Indie 88, the band’s drummer Ken Taylor attended a taping of a comedy special that was presented by Armisen and Joe Wong from the Trap Set Podcast, and got to meet Fred afterwards and thanked him for providing distraction when he really needed it. And then, says Taylor…

The following morning I woke up to an email from Joe Wong from the Trap Set Podcast asking if I had mentioned to Fred that my drum kit was stolen. After a few emails and a quick call from Joe, he told me that Fred wanted to give me one of his drum kits, that he felt terrible about what had happened, and that he wanted to help out because he knows what it is like to be in a touring band. The next thing I know I’m in the van on the way to Fred’s office, which ended up being the Portlandia office – in the middle of a writing session. Fred showed us around, introduced us to the writing staff and Carrie Brownstein, and then gifted me one of the drum kits he had used on stage the night before, a beautiful sparkle blue Shine Custom kit, along with some hardware, cases and a cymbal.

Aw, that’s nice of you, Fred! The band are selling a t-shirt in hopes to recoup some of the losses from that theft.

Speaking of Armisen, his new film Band Aid will screen for free at House of Vans on Saturday (5/20), part of Rooftop Films‘ opening weekend. The description:

Band Aid, the refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones, is the story of a couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss, and rock and roll, Band Aid is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy pop hooks to boot.

After the screening, director/star Zoe Lister-Jones (Delocated) and costar Adam Pally (Making History) will perform a few songs from the film (Fred, unfortunately, is not scheduled to be there). You can watch the trailer below. You do need to RSVP to attend.

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