By: Jeremy Fleischer
2.5 out of 5 STARS
If you were handed the latest Television Generation EP, Fucshsia, with the release date scratched out, you would reasonably guess this album was produced in 1992, not 2016. The cover photo uses a heavy fuchsia filter that immediately recalls countless concert posters from Seattle in the early ’90s. Then, after listening, you’d be certain Television Generation is a lost contemporary of Nirvana and Mudhoney. Is the band in on the ruse? Television Generation grew up in the ’80s.
The ’90s nostalgia, however, is not a fatal flaw. Television Generation works to show how this nearly three-decades old sound is still entirely relevant today. The angsty vocals, lo-fi production, melodic-yet-noisey guitars, and punk rock attitude still ring true and feel contemporary. At times, however, Fuchsia crosses over from revitalizing the grunge sound into straight-forward imitation, which is a shame. The band is best when they play the music through its own lens.
Television Generation has declared its mission “to destroy pop music as we know it.” Surely this was the mission of more than a few ’90s alt and grunge bands as well. But it was also the mission of punk in the ’70s. And I guess as long as that mission isn’t accomplished we will have bands like Television Generation using the musical weapons from times past to fight on.