It was announced earlier this year that after a 13-year hiatus, sprinkled with some one offs and an EP over the past few years, Ben Folds Five would be headed back into the studio to record a new full length album. The album was completed back in June, and is now available for your listening pleasure.
Today the video for the first single off of The Sound of The Life of The Mind was unveiled at the Nerdist. In the video for "Do It Anyway", Ben Folds Five is joined by none other than Jim Henson's Fraggles!! Along with marking the release of the album, today also coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock.
Ben Folds Five don't seem to have missed a step in reforming. "Do It Anyway" is a worthy single, featuring a western saloon-style piano riff from Ben Folds, thumping bass lines that melt into deliciously frantic overdriven solos from Robert Sledge, all solidly backed by drummer Darren Jessee. If I had to compare it to any of their older songs, I'd say that it builds towards the kind of angst reminiscent in the band's "Song for the Dumped". I've been listening to the album today, and it's fantastic!
Along with featuring the Fraggles, the video also has appearances by Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry, and Nerdist Industries founder Chris Hardwick, who was instrumental in bringing these two acts together.
Check out the video and be sure to check out the behind the scenes video below which features interviews with the band and cast.