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The Townies have performed in Boston for years including The Hard Rock Cafe and The Paradise Rock Club. Their new 2013 release 'Plug' was recorded at Acadia Studio in Portland ME and includes producing and mixing by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Warren Zevon, Hole). Their previous album “one for the Ditch” was produced by Dave Ingham and Dave Martin of O-Positive (Epic-CBS Records) and recorded in Newton, MA.
The Townies are a band spread between Massachusetts and Maine. They were formed in 2008 when former Maine band Between Dreams (once hailed as “The Best Band in Portland, Maine” by the Casco Bay Weekly) members Dave Shorey, Jeff Bacon and Doug Cowan reunited and added a new rhythm section of Sean W. Hennessy on bass and Gordon Smith on drums.
Hennessy played professionally in the 80s & 90s with the successful band Waxing Poetics based in Norfolk Virginia and was signed by Emergo ~ MCA Records. They recorded several albums, the first of which was produced by Mike Mills of REM and Mitch Easter of Let's Active. They played arena shows with the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Psychedelic Furs, The Ramones, 10,000 Maniacs, and cracked the Billboard Top 200 Charts while also having a video on MTV.
"The Townies song ‘Rescue Dog’ is voted #1 on Boston's WZLX Boston Emissions best local new song poll for two straight weeks from 12/12/10-1/2/11!"
- Hosted by Anngelle Wood, WZLX
"The Townies song ‘Irish Smile’ is chosen for Portland’s WCYY Spinout's Top LOCAL Spins of 2010! "
- Hosted by Mark Curdo, WCYY
The Townies members have raised over $17,000 over recent years with shows supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Christopher Reeves Foundation, Toys for Tots, Stepping Back into Life, and Bringing Home Paula.