Picture This

Picture This

Future Generations

Sat · March 11, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Picture This
Picture This
The simplest song will often echo the loudest, crossing boundaries and uniting listeners
everywhere.
Just ask Picture This.
The Irish duo—Jimmy Rainsford [drummer] and Ryan Hennessey [vocals, guitar]—weave
together identifiable tales of love and life with upbeat melodies and immediately irresistible
hooks. The world quickly responded to both their storytelling and songwriting. In 2015, an
iPhone video of their very first composition “Take My Hand” went viral. With its timeless
narrative of eternal love, lush acoustic guitars, and bombastic build-up, the track generated 2
million-plus Spotify streams and over 1.9 million YouTube views since it’s independent release.
As the group’s independent self-titled 2016 Picture This EP enchanted audiences, they
impressively sold over 30,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland. Kicking off 2017, the boys won
“Best Music Act” at the 2017 Gossies and landed a deal with Republic Records.
With a rising global profile, they cling to the same straightforward philosophy that yielded initial
success…
“The songs come along very quickly,” exclaims Ryan. “All of them are written in about five
minutes, so they’re immediate and conversational. I don’t change them from when they’re
written, which means that people really know what I’m talking about.”
Picture This have lived the kind of humbling, underdog story that classic novels and films are
made of. Ryan and Jimmy grew up in the tiny Irish town of Athy, County Kildare, but they didn’t
meet until the age of 18. Blessed with a musical family, Jimmy already had prospects of a gig
as a full-time drummer. Meanwhile, Ryan found music during his late teens, building his lyrical
style on a poetic foundation. Given their respective skills, they became mates and creative
partners right off the bat.
“There’s no ego involved,” Jimmy elaborates. “I think that’s the key. We both appreciate and
trust exactly what it is we’re thinking. We have a shared vision for the songs. When Ryan
comes along with the lyrics, I’m not going to question them, because I know he’s good at that.
As for myself, I know if I offer a riff for a song then he’s going to trust me.”
“We’re lucky in that I can't write a riff,” Ryan laughs. “Jimmy can't write a lyric. We stick to what
we know best, and that approach has worked from the very start. To us, that approach is
common sense. We know not to step onto each other’s toes.”
That trust has already brought Picture This around the world. They’ll spend 2017 in Nashville,
TN recording their full-length debut album for Republic Records. Expect that simplicity to lead
to further success.
“Our videos, our social media – we enjoy doing all of that. As well as doing the music, it gives
Ryan and myself purpose,” Jimmy leaves off. “We genuinely care about the work we do as
much as we love our fans.”
Future Generations
Future Generations
It's been nearly five years since Eddie Gore, Mike Sansevere and Eric Grossman serendipitously first met at Fordham University. Five years since they were admitted into a small, integrated community freshmen dorm that, replete with a built-in practice room and a piano in the foyer, encouraged artistic collaboration. As is natural of strangers in a strange new place, they bonded over a shared interest: in their case, a nerd-like, academic appreciation of all forms of musicianship.

"When we first all met, we were in that practice room," recalls Eddie. "(That day) we recorded onto Mike's MPC; We made a little song and then later he emailed it to us. From then on we kept emailing back and forth. Right then we decided we should be a band."

It's fair to say Future Generations' music contradicts the assumption that music always reflects the objective time and space in which its creators operate. When penning lyrics, Eddie shirked references to collegiate lawns, Jesuit lineage and other specific milieu of college life. Instead, he wrote tender refrains to an introverted struggle with finding individual meaning in an infinitely large world (moving to New York City will do that to you) and sharing those anxieties with loved ones. In "Stars," which would eventually catch the ears of Frenchkiss Records and lead to the 2014 EP, "Polysun," he invites both an anonymous muse and listeners: "If you come to me close/we'll cut the cable to outside/it's taken years to open/but lately I've been closed up tight."

"For me college was not so much about learning a specific trade or skill. It was more about discovering who I want to be and learning about life in general," says Eddie. "I'm from the south. I'm from Nashville. It's not a small town, but it's not New York. That's why a lot of my lyrics are about bigger things, kind of life questions."

By the time graduation rolled around, Future Generations, formerly The Suits, expanded to include bassist and fellow Fordham graduate Devon Sheridan. With school in the rearview mirror, Future Generations spent the first few months of post-grad life in Eli Janney's (Boys Against Girls) Brooklyn studio, finishing a full-length record. Along with two tracks from the 2014 EP, "Polysun," the band recorded eight new tunes for the eponymous debut.

On Future Generations, which was produced by Claudius Mittendorfer (Temples, Neon Indian), Eddie's lyrical transfixions reveal an eagerness to burst forth from the confines of collegiate ennui, but still pondering the same existential quandaries that unfailingly tend catch his imagination. And the fuel for such escape comes from a formulaic synthesis of soaring guitar hooks and pulsing synths. In fact, the melody usually comes first. It's a recipe the band has happily relied on for almost five years.

"With "Stars," I had a reaction that wasn't about one particular thing, it was about discovering something broad about yourself," says Eddie. "You have people who come along with you and people who don't. The melody made me feel that."

Due to release this summer, Future Generations flaunts an ambitiously large scope for a band used to writing and recording in the cramped confines of college dormitories and email chains. And though they wrote the album with one foot in the college bubble and the other foot in the adult world, the band has in its pocket a record that points to a fortuitously smooth transition. After all, the formula really hasn't changed much.

For instance, in "Find an Answer," one of the eight new songs appearing on the album, Eddie, curious as ever, straight up asks, "What will become of our lives?/It's my small obsession." With everything that's happened in almost five years, it makes sense for Eddie and co. to continue to wonder where it's all headed. And they have every right to hope for the best.
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/