After a breakout 2019 following the release of their much-loved single ‘Safe To Stay’, it’s safe to say Adelaide firecrackers TOWNS are just warming up. Today the self-professed “two-piece puzzle” unveil their reflective and empowering new single ‘Stardust’, to be supported by a hometown launch show at Adelaide’s Crown & Anchor on Friday 1st May.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Aston Valladares says while the track started off without much meaning, ‘Stardust’ quickly became a therapeutic and candid reflection of his personal experience at the time:
“During the time ‘Stardust’ was created, I was on my own emotional rollercoaster – just as I feel the song moves between something calm, and something loud and present. The whole theme behind the lyrics is self-recovery and looks back on a period of time when I wasn’t sure if I was myself, or someone else, and I couldn’t find where the true version of myself had gone. I believe I’ve recovered my true self now – it’s nice to be on the other side and have this song as a reminder and proof that things do get better.”
TOWNS again teamed up with renowned Melbourne producer Jon Grace (Kingswood / Bakers Eddy / Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers) who produced and mixed the track, with mastering by Samuel K Sproull (Montgomery / Pinkish Blu / All The Colours) at Homesurgery Recordings.
Last year saw ‘Safe To Stay’ catapult the band from their humble beginnings in the incredible and evolving Adelaide scene into hearts across the nation, landing rotation on triple j and clocking up over 280,000 streams on Spotify since release.
On the live side, 2019 saw the band perform a record-breaking nine showcases at BIGSOUND, step out on two national tours in support of Sydney rockers Dear Seattle and beloved Brissy trio Bugs, take out the Unearthed competition for Spin Off Festival (Childish Gambino / Catfish & the Bottlemen / Mallrat), curate and sell out an all-ages charity gig at the 550 cap Lion Arts Factory, and join the bill for Falls Festival in Lorne.