FUTURITY by The Lisps
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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.
"A rebellion of sincerity in the sea of cold-shouldered, indie irony."
"Extraordinarily ambitious, engaging, and uplifting live music experience; a celebration of the sheer power of imagination and creativity that – through the meta-narrative of a grunt soldier writing a science-fiction masterpiece - can't help but pull its own curtain back on the imaginative scope and vision of the show's creators."
"Melodramatic, witty, inventive & downright intoxicating. I was not fully prepared for the sheer genius that is FUTURITY."
-The Music Slut
FUTURITY tells the story of Julian Munro, a lowly foot soldier in the American Civil War with an overactive imagination and a dream to become a 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.