7 Jan
Namechecking Eames, Terry Gross, Evan Williams bourbon and Clark Grizwold...New Orleans style

By all accounts, Generationals seem custom made for Lost In A Supermarket. First off, before forming Generationals Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner were in a band called the Eames Era. While naming your band after a Mid-Century Modernist legend would be enough to prick our ears, there are the additional points that he loves bourbon (“Blanton’s and Booker’s are the best,” notes Grant. “Having said that, give me a regular one like George Dickel or Evan Williams and I’ll be fine. Jim Beam will make me gag.”), and calls out NPR’s Terry Gross as a hero. To top it all off, he nicknames himself after father and tourist extraordinaire Clark Grizwold. So while namechecking Eames, whiskey, NPR and Vacation heroes would normally be enough to win us over, Generationals have taken it one step further and play the type of post-pop indie rock that will worm its way into your ears and not release its grasp till you’ve worn out your desktop speakers. Shuffling drums, shimmering guitar lines, copious melodic harmonies and an organic layer of electronics are in order. You might’ve heard “When They Fight, They Fight” off their debut Con Law (Park The Van Records), and now the New Orleans duo have dropped the Trust EP to keep appetites sated till their sophomore LP, Actor-Caster, hits digital marketplaces March 29. We could also note that Trust was named one of the Top 10 EPs of 2010 by KCRW, but we’ll just let you listen to (and download) the track below, watch the video for “Victim of Trap”, and read the wizened words of Grant Widmer to formulate your own opinion….

Allow me to introduce myself, I’m…
Grant Widmer alias Clark Grizwold master of the form interview

You can find me…
New Orleans Louisiana. Born in the Lakeview neighborhood, I moved to Lake Vista at age 5, where I lived until age 18 at which point I moved to Baton Rouge for school. Since then I have lived in Mid City, The Irish Channel, the Bywater, the Lower Garden District, Upper Rickerville and I currently live in the Touro Bouligny.

I’m usually posted up at…
The Milan Lounge

I pay my bills by…
Sucking 80 dicks, mostly local dicks but some international-type dicks. I’m also a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 478 , which is a labor union for crew members of films and theater. Periodically I work on peoples’ movies and commercials and TV shows as a set dresser or props assistant.

You might’ve heard of me because…
Set off that car alarm in front of Red Star while Azure Ray was shushing the crowd. Also one failed appearance on The Weakest Link in 2004.

But why you really should know me is…
Astounding musical ability and guitar-shredding.

If I was taking a train from Paris to Madrid, and I could choose one person to share the cabin with, I’d choose…
Terry Gross. And I would have her conduct a twelve-hour Fresh Air interview of me, then for the last hour we’d just get fucked up and order a big dinner as we got into Madrid. Then we would exit the train and take a giant bow, hand-in-hand, to the gallery of people waiting for us.

Hit the Jump to keep reading our interview with Generational’s Grand Widmer, peep their track “Trust” below, and if you like what you hear download HERE for freezy.

No way — Terry Gross is awesome! What’s your favorite interview moment?
Terry recently did an interview with tennis great Andre Agassi that features some of the most awkward moments in history. To his credit, Agassi wrote an autobiography wherein he admitted some pretty embarrassing things. I think he showed up for Fresh Air thinking he was going to be asked “What’s it like to be a great athlete?” and what he got was a series of questions about his various hairpieces and his drug use. But she’s not very aggressive, so it’s all in this joking, laughing tone. At one point she pokes him about when he tested positive for meth use and he sold his assistant out by claiming that he had accidentally ingested the meth by drinking one of his assistant’s spiked sodas. And Terry just twists the knife and forces Agassi to really own that and explain that. It’s painful. That one was pretty good. Any of the times she interviews Robert Smigel is good too. They’re all free on the Fresh Air site.

If it wasn’t for _______ I wouldn’t be where I am today
Thank you to Queen Latifah because you know what, earlier we were rehearsing and she gave me so much positive energy. I think it’s so important right now for positive energy among women because I’m fighting for women. This is not for me, this is for all of us!!! So thank you all the female rappers that paved the way for me. Thank you Deb. I see you baby! Let’s go.

The best part about my job is…
Megababes everywhere!!

The worst part about my job is…
Learning all the guitar chords!!!

The first piece of music I heard that I remember waking up my ears was…
Michael Jackson Bad

The last piece of music I heard that woke up my ears is…
The entire Tiny Desk Concert of Sharon Van Etten from the NPR Music thing. Also Jessica Lee Mayfield’s song “Our Hearts Are Wrong” which was on the KCRW site a few weeks ago.

If you want to put a smile on my face, you probably want to…
Bake something. Bourbon also is good. Pour bourbon on me.

If you want to wipe that smile away, then you should…
Make me do my taxes!!! Arg

The last time I saw the sun come up I was…
I was working on a commercial about 2 weeks ago. We had a few 5 a.m. call times. I could go for a while without seeing a sunrise and I would be ok with it.

The person I admire most is…
Terry Gross/Charlie Rose. BiIl Gates is a pretty amazing guy.

The last time I lied was because…
Didn’t want to get caught… planning a surprise party!

If you hit shuffle on my iPod you might be shocked to find…
15 Frank Sinatra albums, but I hate all of them.

If you hit shuffle on my iPod I’d be embarrassed if it landed on…
Not so much embarrassed as ecstatic: Fat Boys: The Fat Boys Are Back

When I get my next (first?) really big check, I’m gonna go score a…
42-foot Maxum 4200 SY Pleasure Yacht with twin Cummins 480HP Inboards (diesel), rear swimming platform, Raymarine E120 electronics, etc. You know.

But it’ll never replace…
1999 Nova 25 ft Party Barge 16-passenger with a 2006 70 Yamaha diesel outboard.  I’ll never get rid of this one.

My one magic power is…
Unbeilevible at copy editing/typing.

I’d like to give a quick shout-out to…
Doc Draper, Josh Lindgren at Billions yo J!

And lastly, If I was Lost In a Supermarket, you’d find me in the…
Pet Needs! Dogs won’t stop eating.

Generationals Trust EP, for which the title track was a KCRW Song of the Day. “KCRW is one of the small handful of radio stations that everyone in our music world knows about and follows. We’ve known about KCRW and followed them for years,” says Grant. “Of course Morning Becomes Eclectic is a high honor for a band and we have always watched to see which bands were going to perform there and we watch the videos when they post sessions. So of course it felt great, we are honored to have that distinction.”

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