Generationals: Put A Light On
Any song that gets me dancing within the first 5 seconds, is one worth listening to, right?! I credit my holy 'SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artists' playlist to the introduction of Generationals. I believe the first time I heard "Put A Light On" was mid-hike (turned dance party for one).
Generationals are an indie-rock-pop duo from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer met whilst in the former band, The Eames Era. The Baton-Rouge band was short-lived after three band members did not wish to pursue musical careers. Joyner and Widmer had other objectives; In 2008, these objectives were met with the formation of Generationals. The opening guitar riff to "Put A Light On" sounds like something from Bob Marley's collection, slowly fading into more of an M83 sound. I was surprised to learn that they are an American band, their sound is refreshing, progressive and could easily pass as being Parisian.
Generationals are gaining speed, having already caught the attention of The New York Times, Pitchfork, Amazon and my personal favorite, Reese's (advert). They formerly shared a label with Dr. Dog. That alone speaks for itself [itself being, they instantly have cred by association]. They have since changed labels and signed to Polyvinyl (home to Deerhoof, The Dodos, Dusted, of Montreal, Sonny & the Sunsets, XBXRX among others).
Maybe I am biased because they are from New Orleans, (and I have an admiration/love for all things NOLA), but Generationals are doing this whole music thing damn well.
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