Coma teenager and musician Chase Donovan announced this week that his new band will be releasing an album this summer.
Donovan, who achieved some local neighborhood fame in 2015 with his band Ferret Dust and their album “Thanks For Killing Babies NSA,” said his musical interests continue to evolve, which lead to the end of Ferret Dust.
“I think Ferret Dust had its time and while I’m very happy with some of the music we put out, it was just time to move on,” Donovan said. “Stuff like this happens. Bands break up all the time.”
Donovan’s new band is called Town Hall Meeting and includes all the original members of Ferret Dust. The group’s debut album will be titled “Nice Knowing You Planet Earth, Too Bad You’re Dead,” and will feature 11 tracks that Donovan called “provocative and at the same time not provocative at all.”
“This is going to be a statement album,” Donovan said. “People will hear it and they will be talking about it and it will probably change some things for the better.”
The band released a song list for the album which includes the following titles:
- “There Used To Be A Place Called The Amazon River But It’s Gone Now”
- “It’s Time To Give Everyone Free Money”
- “I’m Not Going To Eat Any More Food Until Police Brutality Stops Everywhere, Seriously”
- “Hand Me My Flip-Flops; The Planet Is Heatin’ Up”
- “No Thank You, I’ll Eat Grass”
- “Gunna Marry Me A Tree”
- “Old Guys In Suits Are Bombing China As You Listen To This Song”
- “I Want A Twenty-Five Dollar Minimum Wage”
“This album explores many of the world’s issues and provides reasonable solutions in one neat, tidy package,” Donovan said. “Compared to Ferret Dust, Town Hall Meeting has a much more refined, mature and nuanced sound.”
Donovan confirmed the band booked their first show and will play the title track to their upcoming album as part of the Coma High School Talent Show next week. Beyond that, Donovan said the band plans to play some shows at local parks, diners and backyards all summer long to support the new album.
“Whatever happens, I just want to stay humble and focus on fixing all the world’s problems through music,” Donovan said. “I think this record will be very popular in third-world countries because they can relate to things like corporate greed, justice systems that are all whacked up and campaign finance crisis.”
Nice Knowing You Planet Earth, Too Bad You’re Dead will be available on CD via the band’s website on June 21.