Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Ten-Twenty-Ten” by Generationals from the 2011 album Actor-Caster on Park the Van (out today!).
Generationals‘ New Orleans roots shine through their their heat-soaked indie pop, no more obviously than on “Ten-Twenty-Ten,” a song that owes as much to Tom Petty as it does to The Beatles. The riffs are quick, the rhythm gallops, and the muttered vocals call to mind an impromptu performance atop a hill in summer.
The band’s core duo are Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, a pair who’ve been friends since their earliest teen years, and they’ve always shared a passion for music. After spending five years in the the sunny college quintet The Eames Era, the two struck out on their own to form Generationals. The group’s debut Con Law swept the blogosphere by storm, thanks in part to lead single “When They Fight, They Fight” and its maddening hooks. Now, with follow-up Actor-Caster, the band is finally breaking out of their internet-encased shell, bringing their mashup of 1950’s doo-wop and California jangle to well-deserved wider audiences.
But even if you haven’t given Generationals a solid listen yet, there’s a good chance you’ve heard their tunes before. Companies like Bloomingdales and Reese’s pounced on the band’s infectious stylings, nabbing commercial licensing, while other songs have appeared on TV’s Chuck and Farrelly brothers flick Hall Pass. All this in addition to opening slots in front of Broken Social Scene and Two Door Cinema Club essentially assure Generationals’ inevitable rise to fame. Judging by Actor-Caster, this should be a very good thing.
Currently, Generationals are wrapping up tour dates with Ra Ra Riot and will continue on the road throughout the Southeast. No dates are listed yet for the Northwest, but keep checking the label’s website and the band’s Facebook and MySpace pages. For now, catch the music video for another Generationals summer jangler, “Trust”: