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A Town In Fear: “Nothing will divide us”

Have a closer listen to A Town In Fear’s lyrics and you will hear that underneath all of the metal brutality, there is a sensitivity — a thoughtfulness that they have about the world around them. The band’s debut album ‘Traditions’ will be released this week, a record they have promised will be an honest account of “how this world truly is”, inspired by nostalgia, loss, perseverance, confrontation, families, perspectives, and realization. Speaking to vocalist Linus Sebastian, we hear about their appreciation for the people who have made them who they are today and their journey as a band so far.

Congratulations on releasing an album! Tell us a little more about ‘Traditions’.
‘Traditions’ is a record very close to our hearts. It’s very much about our lives, families and friends who have gone through this journey with us throughout the span of nearly 3 years now. We are really grateful for all the undying support they have showered upon us and this is our way of giving back to them.

We recorded the album locally with the very handsome Ron from Blueprint Studios. It was a great experience for us going through the whole recording process and we wouldn’t trade it for the world! When we started writing the record, there were a 101 things we could have written about but what hit us was the fact that we wanted our music and lyrics to be as honest as possible and we wanted people out there to “feel” what we feel.

“We wanted our music and lyrics to be as honest as possible and we wanted people out there to “feel” what we feel”

How long was the whole process of releasing this album?
Recording took about 3 to 4 months to complete, mix and then master. It was a rather tiring process because we had to do it song by song and this dragged for days, and then months. But the outcome was fantastic! We got what we wanted and once that was done, we had to get our heads and minds out and really go all out to market the album and the launch. It is great, we’ve had a lot of support from the media. We are really grateful and tomorrow will be the day of reckoning! We will bring fear to the launch!

The band have been together for almost three years now. What are some of the best, and some of the hardest moments you’ve had together?
Being as a band isn’t easy at all, we go through a lot of ups and downs but we always try to laugh it off and take everything with a smile — life’s too short for squabbles!

We have been through a few line up changes because some members had their own agendas in life and things they wanted to accomplish and I think the only thing we can do is to respect their decisions. It was cool because they all paved ways for what A Town In Fear is today, musically. We are a bunch of friends with different tastes for music, coming together to write our own music! This really broadens our views and perspectives about the sound we want to create and gives us space and room to find our own sound. It’s an awesome feeling when you achieve what you set out to achieve.

Best moment — well maybe tomorrow, at the launch?

“Never give up on anything no matter what, and aways keep trying for your goals, because one day you might just reach them”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received as a band? Anything you’d like to share?
We have honestly received quite a lot of advice along the way. People supporting us, and others putting us down. But what really matters is that we learn from all this advice and improve as a band! Perhaps the most guidance we have had along our musical journey would be the advice given to us by our families and friends, and not forgetting our producer Ron.

Throughout the recording process, Ron was always there to guide us and provide us with the feedback we need from a consumer’s point of view, which was important to us as artists because we needed those “extra ears” to help us decipher the ‘thumbs up’ from the ‘thumbs not so up’ moments.

Perhaps one piece of advice we want to share with you as a band, is that you should never give up on anything no matter what, and aways keep trying for your goals, because one day you might just reach them!

What should we be expecting at your album launch tomorrow?
Total CHAOS! It’s going to be really exciting being able to perform our album at the launch for our families and friends! Also not forgetting the other bands from all ends of the musical spectrum who will be gracing the evening with us!

Expect moshing, circle pits, head-banging, crowd surfing and two-stepping going on in the crowd. There will be moments of sheer brutality and there will times where we take you to another horizon of calmness and the diversity that music as to offer.

We promise to bring you for a ride so come on down and support local music! Nothing much matters more than your individual drive to want to support our local passion. It is this that fuels and motivates us to want to continue doing the things we do. Nothing Will Divide Us. Be stoked!

By Melissa Yong

A Town In Fear album launch
with The Caulfield Cult, A Vacant Affair, ANECHOIS, Avalanche, Embrace Them Ghosts, Exhibitors and For This Cycle
3 November 2012, 5pm onwards
The Substation
$10 at the door