Interview with Ferry Townes (Julia Returns!)

Bringin' it Backwards

May 10 2024 • 44 mins

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ferry Townes over Zoom video!

Ferry Townes releases new single “T.G.F.K” (Thank God For Kyle) via Licorice Pizza Records. The track is Julia Gargano’s second release following “Be Here” under her new project Ferry Townes. An ode to her best friend, “T.G.F.K” includes a breathtaking chorus composed of isolated, layered choral vocals, a canonic bedroom pop guitar bridge, and lyrics imbued with sincerity: “just got nothing to do without you.” Sonically captivating, “T.G.F.K” serves as a reminder that everyone needs, and deserves a best friend.

“T.G.F.K, which stands for Thank God For Kyle, is about my bestest friend. The initial idea came from being so grateful that our relationship is what it is- that we’ll never have to fall in love and break up, but we will just be friends forever.” Gargano shares. The accompanying video, Directed by Stephanie Saias, perfectly encapsulates that forever kind of best friend love between Julia and Kyle.

The sounds of Ferry Townes is an eclectic blend of acoustic and electronic elements, reminiscent of bands like HAIM and boygenius, yet with a distinct melodic narrative and alternative pop flair. She shares “Every page of lyrics tries to be closure to a tumultuous day, trying to compost the hard shit and turn it into energy, heartbreak into audacity, anxiousness into meditation. Nothing about life right now is normal and we are all off-roading emotionally and these songs should feel like a 4x4 for listeners.”

Born and raised in Staten Island, the name Ferry Townes pays homage to The Staten Island Ferry, a symbol of Julia’s teen years commuting to LaGuardia High School, family days, dates, and watching the Statue of Liberty pass by. She shares, "Staten Island, often underestimated, grows more irreplaceable to me every time I’m on the road.”

From her deep Staten Island roots, grows a vivid musical exploration of feminine identity and growing pains, sprinkled with anxious flashes and flirty obsessions. Today’s single “Be Here” is just the start of the Ferry Townes’ melodic and coming of age journey. She shares, “I can literally see my growth as a person when I look at these songs. They were written over the span of the past 3 years, which were a rollercoaster. Mid twenties are such a weird age. Ferry Townes was born out of a need to say things we should but don’t. Our songs are like those intense, never-sent letters, filled with raw overshares that one might only say with brave thumbs, but not their mouths."

ABOUT FERRY TOWNES

Hailing from the streets of Staten Island, Ferry Townes emerges as a poignant voice in the indie music scene, channeling the raw, unfiltered emotions of its frontwoman, songwriter, Julia Gargano. The name Ferry Townes is an homage to The Staten Island Ferry, a symbol of Julia’s upbringing commuting to Manhattan for school, family days, dates, and watching the Statue of Liberty. Having had her public debut on American Idol Season 18 and finishing in the top 7, Gargano’s debut collection is an eclectic blend of acoustic and electronic elements, reminiscent of bands like HAIM and boygenius, yet with a distinct melodic narrative and alternative pop flair. Ferry Townes is a vivid musical exploration of feminine identity and growing pains, sprinkled with anxious flashes and flirty obsessions.

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