This is normally where we'd describe Todd Snider's new song "The Get Together," but as the man himself says in the track's liner notes "language is a trick...as soon as you buy into it you’re hooked. now you gotta learn the name of everything. if you want to make it sound mature you can call it expanding your vocabulary, but it’s just a bunch of nonsense. flim flam, rigmarole, razzmatazz, wack a doo." What we don't think is a trick is Rolling Stone praising Snider's new album First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder (out April 23) as "funky, funny...hilarious and heartbreaking," and The East Nashvillian adding "it’s hard to think of a more appropriate statement of purpose after a year of freefall" in their cover story on stands now. Snider, who in addition to playing the part of a conman reverend throughout the new album also plays guitar, bass, banjo and sings all his own backing vocal parts on "The Get Together," recently sat down with American Songwriter to discuss the new track (co-written with Mark McClendon, Daryl Sanders, and Tom Cook) in his own words.
Listen to "The Get Together" and watch the official music video, featuring behind-the-scenes content from the First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder recording sessions here.
"The Get Together" shares its name with the Sunday livestream series Snider has been putting on from East Nashville's Purple Building throughout quarantine. Tune-in each week here at 11AM CT
"The Get Together" is a prime example of the "funk in back and busking up front" musical style that Snider explores on First Agnostic Church Of Hope and Wonder - capturing the “fatback” rhythms made famous by the funk and reggae stars of the 60s and 70s with Midland drummer Robbie Crowell and multi-instrumentalist Tchad Blake (who is best known as one of music’s leading engineers, but here plays piano, flute, tuba, guitar and much more). “It’s a concept album,” Snider recently told Rolling Stone,“Like when KISS did Songs from the Elder or when W.A.S.P. did The Crimson Idol."