The National’s Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers team for “Walking on a String” in Between Two Ferns: The Movie: Watch

Members of The Walkmen join in for a performance in Zach Galifianakis’ new Netflix movie

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Phoebe Bridgers and The Spiders from Bars, photo by Chloe Brewer

    Phoebe Bridgers and The National’s Matt Berninger have a new band — sort of. The indie favorites appear in Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns: The Movie as Phoebe Bridgers and The Spiders from Bars, debuting a new song called “Walking on a String”.

    Produced by Bridgers, Tony Berg, and Ethan Gruska, the track was written by Berninger; his wife, Carin Besser; and musician Mike Brewer specifically for the Netflix special. Brewer also plays as a member of The Spiders from Bars, along with The Walkmen’s Walter Martin and Matt Barrick. The group performs “Walking on a String” in a bar scene right in the middle of Between Two Ferns, underscoring a touching moment between Galifianakis and his crew.

    Though it’s part of a movie about a sarcastic, silly internet talkshow, “Walking on a String” is actually wonderfully sweet and sincere. Netflix’s subtitles describe it as “melancholy country-folk,” and it features Bridgers and Berninger in a warm duet. Though the pair have played together live numerous times, this marks their first truly new collaborative effort.


    The song will get an official release on October 17th via Dead Oceans, but you can watch the Bridgers and The Spiders from Bars play it around the 42:30 mark on Netflix. Update: Now you can listen to the official studio recording.

    (Read: Top 25 Songs of 2019 (So Far))

    Directed by Scott Aukerman and co-written by him and Galifianakis, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a mock-umentary following the host as he tries to save his show with a road trip to track down special guests. There are tons of cameos, including Chance the Rapper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Jon Hamm, Peter Dinklage, Keanu Reeves, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, and more. It’s live now on Netflix, and you can watch the trailer below.