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.
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