One of my favorite releases of 2009 was Con Law by The Generationals. The New Orleans based indie rock duo is comprised of Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner (both former members of The Eames Era). Although the record was released in 2009, I think it’s appropriate to discuss it in anticipation of their new album Actor-Caster (set to be released this March).
Con Law has a definitively retro feel to it. The guitar style is faintly reminiscent of The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and the sound of the organ and trumpet can also be heard. This being said, the band also experiments with synthesizer and more modern sounding guitar distortions. Overall, the best way to classify it would be this: a little bit of pop, a little bit of mo-town, a little bit of rock.
The single “When they Fight they Fight” was my favorite song on the album. The lyrics aren’t really all that special, but they are quite fun to sing along to. The song is upbeat and has a really great mo-town feel to it. The recording has a lot of echo to it, and sounds sort of like old vinyl. In my opinion there is no sound more pure than vinyl records.
Another good track was “Nobody Could Change Your Mind.” I really liked this one because, like the others, it was extremely catchy. The guitar in this track sounded straight out of Abbey Road.
I could list more tracks on the album and discuss them, but to be honest, most of them sound very similar. I think the concept of the album is more important. The original idea was nostalgic music for a modern era. I’m really excited to see the work they’ve done on their second release. Although I am apprehensive, I really hope they will try something new.