FUTURITY: A Musical by The Lisps


This Friday May 22 and Sunday May 24,
The Lisps‘ present Futurity the Musical
at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St in New York.

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.


Steam Brain
(Recorded Live @ The Zipper Factory January 10th 2009)

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2 Responses

  1. Jason Wesley Clark

    Your tunes are lovely and the show last night was most enjoyable. I hope you record it all, put it a new album and mail it me right away. I see your also playing with Amanda Palmer in a few weeks time, that should be exciting. I’m going to see her play at the San Diego Women’s Club for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. If you ever happen to be in California, don’t hesitate to drop a line. I’ve been known to bounce around the state like pinball, and make the mad dash to anywhere – at any hour – to see a good show. I noticed that you’re also friendly with Agent Ribbons, I love those gals. I use myspace not so often, but every now and again it does prove useful. I sent you a message right after the show, which says basically the same thing I just did right now, but briefer and drunker. I think if a rogue omission here and confused comparative make me sound more enigmatic I’ll take it, but otherwise, I prefer the next day correspondence. I’m not sure if you noticed yet, but the track “Thinking” on myspace cuts out after about a minute and a half. Its a lovely song though, I had a pre-existing fascination with Ms. Lovelace going into it, so if there’s a full track to be had to get my hands on it.

    Also I’d love to draw you all a picture sometime. When I hit on the perfect idea, I’ll be sure to send it your way. In the meantime though, keep up the good work and thanks again for showing my friends and I such a wonderful evening.

    A tip of the hat for keepin’ it old timey
    All the best


  2. Whitney

    Hey Musicisart. I love your website and I’m always finding new music from you. I’d love it if you checked out my friend’s band. They play some small chicago venues, and if you like what they’ve got maybe you could post it on your site. I’m sure they would love to know what you think of them. Their myspace is http://www.myspace.com/mendelssohnmusic. Hope to hear back from you or see them up here. Keep it reelz.