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We wrote a Civil War sci-fi musical. It will melt your heart and ignite your brain. Help us carve it into flaming hot vinyl.

We are a band. We make records, play shows and tour.

We also wrote a musical, called FUTURITY, about a Civil War soldier who, along with the meta-physician Ada Lovelace, invents a steam-powered artificial intelligence that he hopes will end war.

Before we begin performances of FUTURITY at A.R.T (American Repertory Theater) and the Walker Art Center, we are recording an album of the music from the musical. Not really a cast recording, but a concept album which arranges all the music from the musical into a Lisps album. (think, The Who's Tommy). We are printing it on Vinyl, and also making a limited number of CDs. Your contribution goes towards everything involved in recording and manufacturing the album.

We are recording at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, NY with producer Josh Clark (Beirut, The National, New Pornographers). And for recording, mixing, mastering, design, replication (vinyl and digital) and release we are going to spend about $20,000!!!!! Holy crap that is mucho dinero. 

We promise you will be moved by this album. It is unlike anything we've ever undertaken.

FUTURITY
, at is core, is a piece about war and imagination. It's about the simultaneous human drive towards both destruction and phenomenal acts of creativity. FUTURITY is about the malleability of the past and the future. It's about the way in which a feverish drive towards innovation is what keeps us alive and what can aid in our self-destruction

One might argue that music is the opposite of war. Though we realize that music is so often used to promote war, the origins of music are in the human attempt to organize chaos (noise). Music is one of the earliest forms of civilization, and it possesses within it all the same potential for chaos and disharmony that society does.

We've tried to create a piece that speaks to the way in which we've learned to understand our lives as artists. Being a musician may sometimes feel like an exercise in futility but we know that at a fundamental level we are creating a proposal for society. A proposal for the way in which things might be organized with an eye towards community, compassion and creativity. We like to think of music as a form of Utopianism. For us, music is science fiction.


Thank you so much for supporting this project! We love you.

The Lisps

FAQ

  • We are recording the music from our musical FUTURITY. We are paying for everything our self and putting it out on our own label Extropian records. It's going to cost us between around $20,000 for all the recording mixing mastering, distribution, promotion, printing and replicating (vinyl and CD)

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  • No it is a Lisps album. It's not going to sound like a cheesy musical theater soundtrack. It is really the songs on there own performed by the band.

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  • We are independent artists who have pursued and extremely bizarre and unorthodox path. We need your support to re-imagine what it means to be a band and what kind of performance will resonate with our world. We don't want to be a regular band, we want to push boundaries and call into question the fads and habits of our generation by making totally original and conceptual music. We think this album will be unlike anything you've heard. And I hope you'd want to support that objective. If you don't support it, who will?

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    You get a vinyl Lisps sticker, designed and illustrated by Sammy Tunis, singer of the Lisps.

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    Receive a CD of FUTURITY the day it comes out.

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    FUTURITY CD Autographed by the band. Plus some old awesome futurity postcards.

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    Receive a beautiful FUTURITY Vinyl LP AND a digital download of the album the day it comes out.

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    Receive a CD of the new FUTURITY album in addition to a copy of our 2 previous CDs "Are We at the Movies" and "Country Doctor Museum."

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    Vinyl copy of the FUTURITY LP signed by The Band.

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    Vinyl copy of the FUTURITY LP signed by the band, digital download of the album, plus two tickets to the FUTURITY concert at Joe's Pub!

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    Vinyl Copy of the LP Signed by the band, Digital Download, copy of the three previous lisps CDs including our rare out-of-print EP "The Vain The Modest and The Dead"

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    You will receive a Vinyl copy of the FUTURITY LP, Digital Download, plus one of Sammy's world famous mix CDs, and we will link your work on the FUTURITY website.

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    Vinyl and Digital copy of the album and percussionist Eric Farber will give you a personal tour and demonstration of the mechanical and found percussion he's built for the show over the past 3 years. (Cambridge, MA and Minneapolis, MN)

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    Vinyl Copy of the LP, Digital Download, plus Sammy will paint a portrait of your pet.

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    Vinyl and digital Copy of the Album and Lorenzo will give you a 2 - 4 hour listening tour of the Bruce Springsteen discography. (Lorenzo is an expert on all things BOSS related)

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    Vinyl LP, Digital Download, plus Sammy and César will make a YouTube video of a song of your choice (Original or Cover Song)

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    Vinyl EP plus Cesar will write and record a personalized song for you. You can give him a topic or not. You will be the only person in the world with a recording of this song.

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    Signed copy of Vinyl LP, Micro-Producer credit on the Album. Special mention in the FUTURITY program at American Repertory Theater, and 2 tickets to FUTURITY (in Cambridge, MA or Minneapolis, MN.)

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    The Lisps and the cast of FUTURITY will perform the musical in your living room for you and your friends. Plus whatever the hell you want. Just kidding...sort of. Not really. What do you want?

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