June 2, 2020 by 1888media
Winner of the New England Music Award for “Roots Act of the Year,” Boston-based Town Meeting return June 19 with their third full length album, Make Things Better, a rollicking, melodic, foot tapping good time, dripping with harmonies and insightful songs that call to mind the best of The Band, Wilco and Drive-By Truckers.
Comprised of brothers Luke Condon (vocals, guitar), Russ Condon (vocals, drums) and Brendan “Babe” Condon (vocals, harmonica, percussion), along with Tim Cackett (mandolin, lead guitar, vocals), and Derek Fimbel (bass, banjo, vocals), the quintet have quickly become a rising force on the indie folk / roots rock scene with Adobe and Teardrops proclaiming, “There’s an intent and substance that reminds you that this is what the Lumineers want(ed) to be.”
“They’ve been likened to The Avett Brothers, Dawes and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. We think that’s pretty much spot on.” – Songwriting Magazine UK
“Wandering melody and poetic lyrics…a diverse set of musical influences, which range from ‘60s singer-songwriter tunes to modern folk-rock.” – The Boot
In conjunction with “Silence Speak,” the 4th track released from the new album, Luke, Russ and Babe conducted a roundtable with American Songwriter to discuss the genesis of the band, familial bonds, their songwriting process and the meaning behind “Bleeding Hearts,” “Forget Me Nots,” and Make Things Better.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Town Meeting means community. It’s small town. It’s comfort food. It’s back roads and homemade fire pits. I feel like the name Town Meeting is streets ahead of whatever it was originally supposed to mean.
Make Things Better is a line from a song on the album called “The Fourth Verse.” It was written during a time of turmoil and uncertainty. A time where we weren’t sure what our fate was. We had lost our way for a bit. When we found it again, slowly but surely, we re-evaluated everything. Our motivations. Our sound. Our goals. All of it. What we wanted and what we needed and what we brought to the table. We took a good hard look at it all and decided that if we were still gonna do it, we wanted to do it better.”