Brooklyn indie band Future Generations was trying to get their heads around their changing world on their sophomore album Landscape (2018, Frenchkiss). “The title partly came from ending the first significant relationship of my life, and with the band’s move to Brooklyn, we were all put into this world we’d never experienced—living on our own and navigating the landscape of being in New York City,” said frontman Eddie Gore.
Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser), Landscape also is the first Future Generations release to feature their full lineup which, in addition to Gore, includes Mike Sansevere, synthesizer/guitar/percussion; Eric Grossman, guitar; Devon Sheridan, bass, and Dylan Wells, percussion.
We caught up with the band and gave them the ol’ Ten Question treatment. Here’s what they said.
*Band note* This was done in the van on the way to Indianapolis and later to Omaha, with Devon dictating and transcribing questions and answers.
1. What is your favorite album?
Dylan Wells: Kid A by Radiohead
Mike Sansevere: I gotta think about it. You can probably just put Donuts by J Dilla for me. It’s a played-out answer, but that’s probably it.
Eric Grossman: That’s a good question I have no idea. That Bruce Springsteen live album probably, I have no idea what it is.
Eddie Gore: Parachutes by Coldplay
Devon Sheridan: It always changes but right now I’d say Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend.
2. What is your least favorite song?
Dylan: “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.
Mike: Ohhhh yeah that song sucks (Dylan and Mike fist bump). Might have to second that.
Devon: Mine is “We Are Young” by Fun..
Eddie: Whatever that “Thunder” song by Imagine Dragons is.
Eric: I don’t know what are some bad songs?
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Dylan: Traveling, specifically eating at cool little diners every morning.
Mike: Making music, that’s why (I’m in) in a band, to make music.
Eric: *too busy playing Mario* just say uhhhh, figuring out and eating lunch.
Eddie: Getting paid to hang out with my friends.
Devon: I’m with Eddie. I also just like putting good energy into the world via music. Always thought it’d be so cool to do that.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Dylan: Financial insecurity.
Mike: Traveling. I also really hate foreign bathrooms, just a different toilet everyday. That kills me.
Eric: The stress of being in a different place everyday. I like being in my own bed.
Eddie: I don’t really hate anything about being in a band.
Devon: I hate the always nagging feeling of never feeling like you’re doing enough, either creatively or professionally, for the band. Even if it’s not true.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Eric: You can say butter.
Dylan: A nice Northern Rhone Syrah.
Mike: You can put down water for me.
Devon: Eggs, they’re freaking next level.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
Eric: The North Pole.
Devon: Nashville, because of hot chicken and Eddie’s parents’ super comfortable basement.
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Dylan: Baltimore, because I fell out of my drum throne.
Mike: I never make mistakes.
Eric: There was a hectic show in D.C. where my pedals didn’t work. It was with Mt. Joy earlier this year.
Eddie: We played the wrong venue in Alabama a couple years ago. That was bad.
Devon: We played an empty show at a terrifying bar in Memphis on a Monday, and now we always say “at least it won’t be as bad as ‘Memphis on a Monday.’”
8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?
Devon: Not quite yet, but getting there. Mostly we all bartend and work in the service industry to varying degrees. We all love and appreciate food, and it keeps us flush when we’re not touring. Mike does royalties for labels.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Dylan: I would want to work on a winery; would hate to do an office job.
Eddie: Food critic. I’d hate to be a music critic.
Eric: Would love to work and office job; would hate to work on a winery.
Devon: Would love to do criminal defense law; would hate to be a gun manufacturer.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
Dylan: Birthplace of 311.
Mike: Warren Buffett. And they got a Whole Foods by the hotel.
Eric: All I know is Omaha Steaks.
Eddie: I don’t know anything about Omaha.
Future Generations plays with Magic City Hippies, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street. Tickets are $20, showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.