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“Drunk On A Ladder” – An Innocent Reverie

Dust City Opera Releases A Fan Favorite

Albuquerque-based alt-rock band Dust City Opera is set to release their new single “Drunk On A Ladder” on February 9th. Echoing the sound of bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Lord Huron, and The Lumineers, this unique track shapes a distinctive blend of childhood nostalgia and inebriated contentment.

“Drunk On A Ladder” is the sonic portrayal of a very specific feeling–the reminiscences of timelessness and solitude while standing drunk a ladder. This unique scene became the inspiration for the song, later taking shape over a summer in the band’s home studio.

The song was written by the group’s lead singer and songwriter Paul Hunton, who also co-produced it along with Sydney Counce and Augustine Ortiz at The Decibel Foundry in Santa Fe. It has become a fan favorite, touching audiences in the band’s live shows with its charming sound. 

Since forming in 2018, Dust City Opera has riveted listeners with their unique alt-rock orchestra style. Their journey, marked by personal losses and triumphs, has been a source of powerful storytelling in their music. With accolades like Best Rock Album at the 2023 New Mexico Music Awards and recognition as Gold Artist of the Year by Modern Musician, among others, the band has left a special imprint in the music world.

After signing with Rexius Records in 2023, the band is gearing up to release their forthcoming EP “Cold Hands” this spring. Don’t miss a taste of what’s to come with this single release of “Drunk On A Ladder,” out February 9th, and immerse yourself in an innocent reverie.

Artwork: Sydney Counce & Karolina Grabowska

Photo: Karolina Grabowska & Crystal Tompkins

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