New Orleans-based indie pop outfit Generationals craft hook-filled tunes that draw liberally from rock and pop's '50s, '60s, and '70s heyday, while maintaining a modern sensibility. Emerging in the late 2000s, the band built upon their earlier notoriety as members of the Eames Era, issuing albums like 2011's Actor-Caster and 2014's Alix.
Formed in 2007 by guitarists/songwriters Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, Generationals initially came together after the breakup of the duo's previous band, Eames Era. Like their early labelmates Dr. Dog, Spinto Band, and Capitol Years, Generationals embraced a lo-fi recording aesthetic, buffered by their advanced musical chops, resulting in a clever new take on sugar pop psychedelia. The band's Park the Van debut, Con Law, arrived on July 21, 2009. They returned in 2011 with the equally sugary-sweet sophomore effort Actor-Caster.
Two years later, the group moved to Polyvinyl, which delivered their third studio LP, Heza, followed in 2014 by the '80s synth pop-influenced Alix. Both of those albums hit the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Generationals celebrated their new label's 20th anniversary in 2016 by covering "In Green" by Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! for the Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl collection. In 2018, they issued the compilation set State Dogs: Singles 2017-2018, which showcased songs recorded and released individually over the course of a year. The duo returned in 2019 with their sixth studio album, Reader as Detective, featuring the single "I Turned My Back on the Written Word." ~ James Christopher Monger