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"Chapel Hill’s New Town Drunks are musical vagabonds whose members have lived in New York, Texas, Mexico, Detroit and Puerto Rico prior to putting down roots in North Carolina. Many musical acts claim to defy categorization or classification but New Town Drunks are one of the few outfits that can truly claim that brass ring, having forced music journalists to coin monikers as diverse as nu-vaudeville, rock and roll cabaret and stream of consciousness folk rock to try to capture their rich, eclectic sound.
"It is difficult to do justice in print to how beautifully and elegantly New Town Drunks construct their songs. Both musically and lyrically, this is a band that knows how to build a song, displaying a level of both imagination and ambition almost unheard of from any corner of popular music. Fortunately, they also have the technical chops to pull off these ambitious compositions, routinely executing sudden changes in tempo and style that would destroy less talented outfits.
"It seems that every music journalist who has covered New Town Drunks has taken a stab at a convoluted, improbable analogy that attempts to convey the full flavor of this very diverse and incredibly talented band. So, taking my crack at it, I would offer that a New Town Drunks show is reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra fronting The Animals for a cabaret-rock show at a small, smoky club you’ve always looked for but have never been able to find."
Jon Black - Awaiting the Flood
Kiss (Hmm Media, 2013)
Going (Tiny Canvas Records, 2011)
The Ballad of Stayed and Gone (Hmm Records, 2009)
Alive & Drunk (Hmm Records, 2006)
…trust us with your car (Hmm Records, 2005)