FUTURITY is an original indie-rock musical by Brooklyn-band The Lisps. A theatrically staged song cycle, FUTURITY tells the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring science fiction writer. The work fuses traditional Americana, found text, experimental music, and The Lisps’ own brand of quirky co-ed pop.
FUTURITY chronicles the experiences of young Julian Munro, an aspiring science fiction writer in 1864 who spends his days breaking up Confederate railroad tracks as a grunt in the Union army. Julian copes with the destruction and monotony around him by imagining a far-fetched science fiction future. Guided by his brilliant mentor, the famous meta physician Ada Lovelace, Julian writes an epic novel that folds a Utopian, high-tech future back into the dark reality of war.
The novel’s hero, The Inventor, devises an omnipotent steam-powered artificial intelligence destined to end war and all of humanity’s attendant miseries. The music in FUTURITY melds traditional Americana, Brechtian choral elements and contemporary indie-rock, resulting in a unique and compelling portrait of war, human imagination, and technological hubris.