Somewhere between the British pop music of the 60s and today’s growing indie rock scene lies Generationals — a Louisiana indie pop duo made up of guitarists Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer.
Now on the road in support of their third full-length album Heza — which was released last week and can be streamed online – Generationals will make their Harrisburg area debut next Thursday, April 18 at FED LIVE. While the band is looking forward to playing Harrisburg for the first time, they are even more excited to road-test the new songs on Heza.
“I’m really excited. There are a couple tracks on there that we’ve played, but for the most part it’s a bunch of stuff that no one has ever heard live,” Generationals’ Ted Joyner said in a recent telephone interview. “I’m psyched to finally let it get its legs out on the road.”
The majority of the new album, which has received very positive reviews since its release, has a familiar feel about it when compared to some of Generationals’ more popular songs like “When They Fight, They Fight” (featured in the movie Hall Pass) — but some tracks are noticeably more experimental than anything they’ve done in the past.
“It was sort of like a progression. As different as some of it is from some stuff we’ve done before, it still all sounds very much like us,” Joyner said. “I would consider it like a natural evolution more so than a sharp turn in any one direction.”
“It just felt like the right time to make a move for both of us,” Joyner said. “Some of the bands on Polyvinyl are bands we’ve listened to for a really long time so it was definitely really exciting to get to partner up with them.”
“I think it was Polyvinyl’s idea, but me and Grant thought it was really funny. That is one of the obsolete technologies that I can still remember,” Joyner said. “Even though I do have a record collection and I love playing vinyl, that’s something that was before our time. Cassettes are something that does sort of have a biographical tie to us generationally.”
Joyner and Widmer have been playing together since they were teenagers but didn’t form their first band until they were in college. Once that band split, Joyner and Widmer decided to continue on as a duo — but they will tour with a full band that includes bassist Ben Jones and a rotation of drummers.
Last month, Generationals performed seven shows in roughly a week at the world-famous South by Southwest music conference and festival.
“SXSW is really fun. It’s like a big chaotic thing. You play a couple times a day and that week we played like seven shows this year,” Joyner added. “I think the new songs went over great. “Spinoza” falls right in line with a lot of our other live, uptempo tracks that are easy for people to get into. We actually took that one out on the road on our tour in late 2012.”