The Generationals {New Music}

The Generationals

Live at the KEXP studio, July 25th, 2009 {flickr user Mordac}.

New Orleans-based duo The Generationals plays music that spans many styles and references. The first track from their just-released album, Heza {spotify}, is an upbeat pop-rock track reminiscent of the Strokes or Divine Fits, with lead-singer Ted Joyner’s range reaching the heights of Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch with a tinge of Tallest Man on Earth’s Kristian Matsson.

I suck at writing about music.

The third track, “Say When,” has a bass line with that synth-twist that I picture the Cure’s Robert Smith appreciating.

Have I exhausted all the musical references I know about yet? I’m definitely getting close.

The fourth track, “You Got Me,” is an idyllic instrumental interlude; “You Got Me,” is alright.

Alliteration and semi-colon in one sentence. My job here is nearly done.

The fifth track, “Put a Light On,” is damn good. Joyner’s lyrics do that cool screamy-not-scream thing The Shins’ James Mercer is known for.

Well, I think of him as being known for that, anyway.

The sixth track, “I Never Know,” is where Grant Widmer’s guitar-playing really reminds me of the Strokes’ Nick Valensi.

I mean this as a good thing.

I’m sure there’s a word for it.

A more competent reviewer might take this opportunity to remark upon the lyrics—tying in some key moment in the band’s existence—with a nod to their hometown or a formative event in the lives of one of its members.

But you didn’t come here to read a good review.

The seventh track, “Awake,” is pretty good. No further comment.

The eighth track, “Kemai,” is a funky little gem.

The ninth track, “I Used to Let You Get to Me”, is the one I want to share here.

So just listen to it yourself.


The Generationals — “I Used to Let You Get to Me” {mp3}.

Found via Blogged 50 {songza}.