Knitting Factory Presents
Future Generations, Private Island, Harts
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.
Southern California based six-piece Private Island debuted their inaugural EP 'A Good Look' in the fall of 2014, which quickly caught the attention of the Los Angeles music scene, and has since been streamed over 3 million times on Spotify. The band released their sophomore project 'Sunbreak' in the summer of 2016, featuring the Hype Machine hit, "Drugs," which propelled the band into playing sold out headline shows in LA. 2017 will see Private Island headline their first US tour, as well as the group’s 3rd studio project, "Night Drive," slated to be released in the fall."Turbulence," the lead single, is Private Island's first step into a world that breaks away from the shimmering indie-rock of their past releases. While maintaining their roots, the new music opens the door into a darker, R&B vibe and a more polished sound. Private Island is Christian Lum, Tommy Nickerson, Cameron Anderson, Michelle Guerrero, Tim Barbour and Roger Mawer.
Wielding a psychedelic-painted Fender Squier and blessed with a falsetto that could shake Stonehenge, Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Harts electrifies pop with both musicianship and showmanship. His second full-length album and stateside debut, Smoke Fire Hope Desire [Washington Square/Razor & Tie], sits comfortably between the turn-of-the-century production wizardry of The Neptunes and Timbaland and the primal Monterey Jazz Festival fret-burning of ’67 Hendrix. In 2009, Harts formally came to life as a delicate amalgam of rock, pop, funk, and soul not only written and performed entirely by its architect, but also recorded and mixed by him as well. International audiences quickly embraced this singular vision. He released his first full-length, Daydreamer, in 2014 followed by the Breakthrough EP a year later. Rolling Stone Australia, NME, The Guardian, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue Magazine Australia, Faster Louder, Music Feeds, and more unanimously praised Harts, while GQ Australia named him among its 2016 “Men of the Year.” His music soundtracked both a Rimmel London spot starring supermodel and fashion icon Kate Moss and a national Subaru campaign. The late Prince personally invited Harts to Paisley Park Studios and proclaimed, “He reminds me of how I was at that age.” Beyond performing for “The Purple One,” Harts enchanted audiences around the globe at Splendour In The Grass, Pinkpop Festival, Stereosonic, and more in addition to touching down in North America for CMJ 2015 and SXSW 2016.