Last month, Toronto-based Twist reckoned with young adulthood under late capitalism on the fuzzy title track for their upcoming EP, Benefits. Today, singer-songwriter Laura Hermiston’s musings continue with another single from the soon-to-be-released album, “Leave This Town,” offering a sunnier take on growing up and moving on:
A lot of people in my life began to move away last year. Some people boasted and some people wanted to come back. Each time a close friend leaves, I wonder what’s stopping me. Is being realistic just being scared? I wrote this song as I was getting ready to go on tour. I loved the idea of leaving for 2 months and heading somewhere I always dreamt of living. As a result, this song that I was working on developed into a driving rhythm with nostalgic lyrics. The chorus feels a bit childish, but for me, it feels empowering. Get rid of what’s holding you back and start controlling your direction.
The candid lyricism is wrapped in reverby instrumentals and cozy guitar plucks, embracing a cheery melancholia and eschewing their former electronic-pop rock sound. Listen to “Leave This Town” below.
10/06 Detroit, MI @ Trixies w/ Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
10/07 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
10/10 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ Saint Pe, Crocodiles
10/11 Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ W/ Yes We Mystic
10/12 Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
10/13 Burlington, VT @ The Upper Roost
10/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Babycastles
10/15 Manhattan, NY @ Silent Barn
10/16 Cambridge, MA @ ZuZu
10/17 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Partner
10/18 Moncton, NB @ Claudes House
10/19 Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop w/ Weaves, PONY
Benefits is out 9/22 on Buzz. Pre-order it here.