Future Generations

Future Generations

John Dominy, Sun Hat

Fri, March 10, 2017

7:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Future Generations
Future Generations
It's fair to say Future Generations' music contradicts the assumption that music always reflects the objective time and space in which its creators operate. When penning lyrics at Fordham University, songwriter/singer Eddie Gore shirked references to collegiate lawns, Jesuit lineage and other specific milieu of college life. Instead, he wrote tender refrains to an introverted struggle with finding individual meaning in an infinitely vast world (moving to New York City from Nashville will do that to you) and sharing those anxieties with loved ones.

"For me college was not so much about learning a specific trade or skill. It was more about discovering who I want to be and learning about life in general," says Eddie. "I'm from the south. I'm from Nashville. It's not a small town, but it's not New York. That's why a lot of my lyrics are about bigger things, kind of "life" questions."

By the time graduation rolled around in the spring of 2015, Future Generations expanded to include bassist and fellow Fordham graduate Devon Sheridan, along with original members Mike Sansevere and Eric Grossman. With school in the rearview mirror, Future Generations spent its first few post-college months in Eli Janney's (Boys Against Girls) Brooklyn studio, finishing a full-length record. Along with two tracks from the 2014 EP, "Polysun," the band recorded eight new tunes for the eponymous debut.

On Future Generations, which was produced by Claudius Mittendorfer (Temples, Neon Indian), Eddie's lyrical transfixions reveal an eagerness to burst forth from the confines of collegiate ennui, still pondering the same existential quandaries that unfailingly tend catch his imagination. And the fuel for his escape comes from a formulaic synthesis of soaring guitar hooks and pulsing synths. It's the melody that usually comes first, and the group has happily relied on that recipe for almost five years.

"With "Stars," I had a reaction (to the music) that wasn't about one particular thing, it was about discovering something broad about yourself," says Eddie. "You have people who come along with you and people who don't. The melody made me feel that."

As a result, Future Generations flaunts an ambitiously large scope for a band used to writing and recording in the cramped confines of college dormitories and email chains. While continuing to grow, the band added a fifth member, drummer Dylan Wells, and four of the five moved into an apartment near Prospect Park. The quintet toured the Midwest this fall with Savoir Adore and will continue to tour in support of the debut album in 2017.
John Dominy
John Dominy
John Dominy was born in 1991, in Wehonah, NJ. His H.S. years were spent playing in different local bands, but finished with him recording his first solo E.P. While it was never released, it was prized by those who were able to get a copy. While at Rutgers University, John Dominy's music continued as he played at local venues and college events, but took a back seat to his (ahem) studies. After graduating, John was contacted by James Whitescarver, the mixing engineer from his first E.P. Having recently started a new label, BlixYZ Records, Whitescarver offered John a record deal- starting with releasing the re-mastered E.P. they worked on 5 years earlier. Dominy and Whitescarver combined the original acoustic E.P. with a small collection of rock songs they had also worked on together in 2009. In August of 2015, "Old Flame" was released by BlixYZ Records. By August, however, John Dominy's second release, "Atlantic Coast" was almost complete. This second release features collaborations with other BlixYZ artists, and is slated to be released in February of 2016. This winter, John is playing small venues as he prepares for a small tour that will take him from NY, to Nashville, and back again. This tour to promote his upcoming 2nd release kicks off in March 2016.
Sun Hat
Sun Hat
Philly dream-grungers, Sun Hat, was started by Boston and New York scene vets Daniel Harris Levine (AKHBAR, 3dCosby), Anthony Aquilino (MiniBoone, Gunfight, Quiet Loudly), and Abram Taber (A Bit Much, School for Robots, Sinbusters) as a bedroom recording project. Levine, Aquilino and Taber would swap demos and gather weekly at Levine’s house to play each other’s songs to a drum machine. Aquilino’s upstairs neighbor Evan Dormont (Sic Bacchus) joined on drums in January 2014, and played drums on most of Pet Shapes. Since then Sun Hat has played basements and stages around Philly including Johnny Brenda’s, Boot and Saddle, and the First Unitarian Church. They have shared bills with Mirah, Laser Background, Mock Suns, The Morelings, Woven In, Callowhill, and more. Pet Shapes was recorded in borrowed practice spaces and rooms in members’ houses on a portable recording setup, with Levine engineering and mixing the sessions. Drew St. Aubin (Miniboone, Lazyeyes) played additional drums, as well. Likewise, Pet Shapes sounds like a patchwork of dusty psychedelia and teenage alterna-gunk bound by the cotton-mouthed languor and sleepy drag of an overlong summer. Album opener “H8 Myself and I Want a Dog” borrows its opening drum fill and crunchy, anxious plod from Slanted and Enchanted-era Pavement, while “Fauxdega” melds a twinkling Beach House dreamscape with Helium’s rough-hewn buzz and delivers its hook in pristine, echoing harmony. “Any Better” is a surfy romp that showcases Taber’s fuzzed out bass and bratty beach boy snarl. “Chemicals” channels the prickling urgency of early Deerhunter and post-Pedro the Lion, David Bazan. Sun Hat are currently working on their second LP with newfound member, Greg Foran (Lightninging, Static Mountain) handling drum duties, and will be playing East Coast shows in support of Pet Shapes in the coming months.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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