Artist of the Week: Generationals

Fresh off of a three week tour, Generatrionals’ brand new album, Con Law came out on July 21st and is already making waves. Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer started Generationals in New Orleans, Louisiana after combining their own personal projects and coming up with a deliciously rhythmic beachy post-punk style. Be sure to offer them your online love while you check out some anecdotes straight from Joyner himself.

BTR: For our listeners that don’t know about you, introduce yourself and the band.

TJ: My name is Ted Joyner and my friend Grant Widmer and I started Generationals here in New Orleans.

BTR: How did you all get started in music?

TJ: I got a guitar for Christmas when I was about ten, but I wasn’t really that interested in learning to play it at the time. Then about a year later I saw the movie A Hard Day’s Night and decided I did want to learn to play and had my dad teach me chords.

BTR: What is the New Orleans music scene like for you guys?

TJ: Well, even though we are both from here, we are new to having our band based here. So we sort of feel like outsiders to the New Orleans rock scene. Giant Cloud is a band that just moved here from Rustin and we just played a show with them and really like their songs.

BTR: What is Con Law like as an album? And what was the process of creating it like?

TJ: Grant and I were in another band together and when that band sort of fell apart, we decided to pool together a handful of songs that we had each been writing and turn it into another project. We then went up to our friend Dan Black’s house in DC and recorded the songs with him on his tape machine. Since then we have been sort of assembling a live band around that record.

The process of making it was really fun. Dan Black is a long time record producer and musician. He used to be in The Oranges Band. At his house he has tons of interesting books and movies about music and recording. It was sort of like recording camp for us. We’d record all day and then watch, like, rock documentaries at night. It was so much fun. We spent like two months tracking. He let us take our time with it. If we had been actually paying for all that studio time the record would have cost like 10 million dollars to make probably.

BTR: What is the atmosphere like at one of your shows?

TJ: Optimally…exciting? Every show is different, really, because we’re still new and nobody really knows us yet. I guess it depends on the venue. We just got back from a three week tour of the west coast. I do find that people these days are much more comfortable with shouting out things to you between songs, but not necessarily heckling. Often it’s just things they’d like to point out. I think bands have Zach Galifinakis to thank for that.

BTR: What can we expect from you guys in the future?

Hopefully a lot. We’ll be touring around this fall and spring and we’d like to make like fifty more records if possible.

BTR: Would you like to add anything?

TJ: Yeah sure. Our album is out now and available everywhere to buy. You can also get it on vinyl. Also, it will be released in Europe in October.

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