Looking forward to joining The Music Slut and seeing Brooklyn’s The Lisps this evening for their own indie-rock creation called Futurity, The Musical. This experimental showing will be presented at The Zipper Factory, 336 West 37th St in Manhattan, beginning at 10PM, January 9th and January 10th.
FUTURITY tells the story of Julian Munro, a lowly foot soldier in the American Civil War with an overactive imagination and a dream to be a famous writer. Through the double narrative of Julian’s wartime experience ripping up Confederate railroad track in southwestern Virginia, and the grimly futuristic novel he is writing along the way, the musical weaves an ominous and bizarre tale of destruction, creation, and utopianism. The protagonist of Julian’s science fiction novel, The Inventor, devises an omnipotent steam-powered artificial intelligence that he sees as a panacea for all of humanity’s woes.
The story is largely narrated by Ada Lovelace, the famous mathematician and Julian’s imaginary muse. The music in FUTURITY draws inspiration from every corner of traditional Americana and contemporary indie-rock to paint a quintessentially American scene of war, history, dystopia, and technological hubris.