Hailing from Muncie, Indiana the birthplace of the Garfield comic strip, y’know the fat orange cat who loves lasagna, Fossil Generation is an eclectic pop alternative band. Fusing many styles but most easily recognized is early 90’s alternative before grunge took over a la early That Petrol Emotion and Gene Loves Jezebel among other bands of that era that surfed just under the mainstream radar.
Originally formed in 2010 by Bradley Thomas as support for his project “Bradley Thomas and Friends”. They toured the midwest, released 2 ep’s and an album. Eventually the group decided to change direction and transformed themselves both musically and how they identified themselves. It was here that they decided upon the name Fossil Generation. All aspects of the songwriting process became everyone’s responsibility.
The first release from them as Fossil Generation is titled “Primitive” Released 2013 available on itunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/primitive/id653283309 Unlike most bands who play around with a lyric and build from there these guys approached even the songwriting process differently, at least this time. They wrote and solidified the music first and then added the lyrics. “Primitive” is conceptual at its root. Knowing this ahead of time helps if you want to follow the relationship between songs. (some lyrics can be found here: http://www.sonicbids.com/band/fossilgeneration/lyrics/ ) If you aren’t paying much attention to the lyrics and just listening then you will be content with the sound of the guitars and the mini jams that occur throughout.
However, the songs are relatable on a more human level. They speak of alienation and remaining true to yourself and not conforming to the masses. This is a mindset that the members (Bradley Thomas, Shawn Ayala, Seth Scales and Ryan Minton) of Fossil Generation have embraced. In their corner of the country they provide a unique sound not conforming to the musical genres of their fellow local musicians/bands. They chose this path because at the end of the day it is about staying true to oneself and being happy with the music you are creating.
Finding “local” musicians/bands to share is not always an easy task. These guys are definitely worth checking out if the early alternative sound is your thing. Even though that sound has been here before these guys approach it differently, with a modern twist. If you are local to their corner of the world go see them live. If you are not so local to the Indiana area then check out their webpage http://www.fossilgeneration.com/ Listing of upcoming shows are here as well as links to any media outlet such as twitter, YouTube, and facebook https://www.facebook.com/fossilgeneration and of course there is a link to Itunes where you can purchase “Primitive” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/primitive/id653283309 and help support the local musician(!!)