Generationals are good.
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer (no relation to Charles, we’re assuming, because that dude is fictional), following the dissolution their previous band, Louisiana stalwarts and media darlings Eames Era, hunkered down and recorded a new record, packed to the brim with deeply catchy and hook-laden pop-influenced rock tracks. Immediately following the mastering of the album, which they’d intended to release on their own, they serendipitously bumped into a Park the Van exec; after the label heard the album, Con Law, Generationals quickly joined the PTV roster. (I’m not employed by a record label, but I assume you don’t let a pitch this fat sneak by without taking a big cut at it.) The album will be released sometime in July.
For a limited time, the album streams live here; a couple of clear highlights are the slinky guitar line and cacophonous, explosive chorus on “Bobby Beale,” and the hand claps, classic rock keyboard riff, funky horns and kitchen sink percussion of “When They Fight, They Fight,” both of which are going to have you chomping at the bit for the album’s release. Catch a listen before the stream goes down. It will give you something to look forward to in July.
We’re not going to hit you with a full-scale review right now. We want you to wrap your brain around it without our input first. Listen to the stream, form an opinion and then let it simmer in the back of your brain until the summer. We don’t doubt that you’re going to be hearing a lot about Generationals in the immediate future.
We assure you that it’s good, but that’s all that we’re going to say.
We’re also pleased to release a track into the ether. “Angry Charlie” is a Citizen Dick premiere. I walked on a red carpet to my computer this morning, wearing a tuxedo for this momentous event. It’s a song that’s going to stick in your craw for a bit, so reserve at least seven minutes where you’re unoccupied. You’re going to want to hear this one twice in a row.