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Zoe Lister-Jones on What Happens When You Only Hire Women Be

Introduce the element of romance into a rock band, and the results can be, well, rocky. Just look at Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, the Mamas and the Papas, the Ramones. But introduce a rock band into a romance, and the effect can be transformative. Or at least thatrsquos the hypothesis fueling the comedy mdash and the drama mdash in Zoe Lister-Jonesrsquo Band Aid.

The movie, which charmed audiences at Sundance and expands to theaters around the country throughout the month, stars Lister-Jones and Adam Pally as Anna and Ben, a married couple cohabitating not so harmoniously in Los Angeles. Shersquos a would-be writer who, after a botched book deal, makes a living as an Uber driver to all manner of shady dudes. Hersquos a visual artist who designs soul-sucking corporate logos while pantsless at his kitchen table.

They fight constantly about domestic duties like dirty dishes, which mdash though they do desperately need to be washed mdash are really a stand-in for deeper emotional issues. Tired of the constant combat, Anna proposes an unconventional idea: what if they start a band and channel all their squabbles into song?

ldquoThe questions that surround the characters and the themes in the film are things that Irsquove been grappling with for a long time, around why couples choose to stay together, and what it takes for a couple to choose to stay together,rdquo says Lister-Jones, who is most recognizable for her roles on the sitcoms Life in Pieces and New Girl, but who has also had a notable career writing, producing and starring in indie films like 2009rsquos semi-autobiographical Breaking Upwards.

Band Aid marks Lister-Jones#8217 first time directing. In addition to writing, producing and starring in the movie, she also co-wrote the songs with longtime musical collaborator Kyle Forester.

Zoe Lister-Jones visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 19, 2017 in New York City. Ilya S. Savenok—Getty Images

The genesis of the idea came not from a fascination with the healing power of music but from her observations of men and women in heterosexual relationships. Her obvious, if divergent, initial case studies: her parents, who divorced when she was growing up, and her own decade-plus partnership mdash both romantic and creative mdash with husband Daryl Wein, who executive produced Band Aid.

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