Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have released a performance video of “24 Frames” from their respective quarantines.
In a digital meeting format reminiscent of the Brady Brunch opening, the band performed the song from its 2015 album, Something More Than Free. The song earned Isbell, as well as guitarist Sadler Vaden, bassist Jimbo Hart, keyboardist Derry Deborja, and drummer Chad Gamble, a Grammy award in 2016 for Best American Roots Song.
Despite being five years old, “24 Frames” seems a fitting commentary on the current state of the music industry and the downfall of the best-laid plans of mics and managers. With the prescient refrain of “You thought God was an architect, now you know/ He’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blow/ And everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flames/ In twenty-four frames,” Isbell and company remind us all that nothing is for certain. The video, which was spliced together from each performer’s individual submission (much like tracking a studio album), is evidence of the increasing quality of quarantine videos that may become the new normal as time goes on.
Watch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform “24 Frames” remotely.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “24 Frames”
[Video: Jason Isbell]
Despite the national COVID-19 pandemic forcing people indoors, Jason Isbell has stayed rather busy. He has maintained regular appearances on the I So Lounging daily podcast from his wife, Amanda Shires, and Kelly Garcia Plemmons. Additionally, Isbell and the 400 Unit are still gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album, Reunions, on May 15th. Plus, the band is still scheduled to go out on tour beginning on May 28th with a show at Akron Civic Theatre in Ohio. Given the widespread cancellations that have plagued the live music industry, as well as the recent prediction that concerts won’t resume until fall 2021, the fate of that tour is highly uncertain. Stay tuned to Isbell’s website for any new information.