MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Marcellus Hall’s “Behind The Stadium” Video

I Will Never Let You Down, Marcellus Hall’s third solo album (out February 9 via Gutfeeling), was five years in the making. By his own admission, Hall wanted to get it right. He certainly nailed it with “Behind The Stadium,” a precisely angular, infectious little ditty carrying a wistful whiff of nostalgia.

Hall officially launched his solo career in 2011, after four albums (plus demos for a fifth that was never released) with influential post-punk/roots mongers Railroad Jerk and three LPs with the bluesy, ramshackle White Hassle. He’s also an accomplished illustrator, with a portfolio that includes children’s books, comics and zines, as well as several covers for The New Yorker. In addition, Hall has a long-form graphic memoir in works that chronicles his colorful and action-packed coming of age as a ’90s indie rocker. 

For the “Behind The Stadium” video, Hall enlisted the help of Catskills-based stop-motion animators Nancy Howell and Mark Lerner, who’ve also done amazing work for Loudon Wainwright III, Holly Miranda, Anna Egge and others.

“I provided rough artwork, which they used to fashion a pseudo narrative for the song,” says Hall. “The result is a rare instance of combining my art and music.”

We’re proud to premiere the video for “Behind The Stadium.”

—Hobart Rowland