Can you talk to us more about your latest single “West of Seattle”?
Absolutely. I think it probably means something slightly different to each one of us, but the overall theme is how to deal with regret and loss and heartache. There’s anger in it and bitterness, but also a little bit of hope. We purposely wrote the song without any real resolution.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Nothing specific really. Our conversations lately, both as a band and with friends, have probably bent a little in the direction of heartache and sadness and what to do with those feelings. What do you do when you’re hurt and you can’t seem to find a way out. I think we wanted to communicate that angry, desperate feeling.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We shot it a few weeks ago with an extremely talented crew. Look for it sometime towards the end of July/August.
The single comes off your new album Geography: Part 1 – would this record be in some way a conceptual album?
I suppose. The concept of new places has always appealed to us. New cities. New roads. New experiences. For better or for worse, getting out there and venturing into the unknown. I think this EP lays the groundwork for that. There’s happy and sad in it. There’s regret and there’s hope. There’s longing and there’s contentment.
Would each installment follow a different theme?
I think each installment will be a different version of the same theme. That everyone is always fighting a battle between leaving and staying. That there’s a whole mess of emotions and consequences for both. I think that’s what we’re trying to relay.
What’s the story behind the title?
It just fit. Three out of the four tracks on “Geography” are actual physical locations. We hope to further explore the concept down the road with the next installment.
How was the recording and writing process?
Fun. “West of Seattle” actually didn’t exist until a day before we went into the studio. We had gotten together for one last rehearsal, and as we were tuning and getting ready a song started to come out of nowhere. So instead of rehearsing, we sat down together and came up with something pretty great. It all felt very organic and raw.
What aspect of the American geography did you get to explore on this record?
I think the overall theme of the record – and probably the whole Geography series – will be about leaving and coming back again. I think we have all of that in this first installment. And since most of us have never really ventured out of America, it’s all pretty much about American geography. Even New Hampshire’s old man on the mountain get’s a tip of the hat.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re bouncing all over new england during the summer and working on a fall tour right now!
What else is happening next in Town Meeting’s world?
We have a podcast. You can listen to it at Patreon.com/townmeeting for only a buck a month. It helps us immensely with touring costs and other expenses, and not only do you get to listen to the podcast but there’s all kinds of other exclusive content available there as well.