We are delighted to announce TTNG will be touring Japan in May 2014 to support their latest release "126.96.36.199.0". The tour is being arranged in association with our friends at Stiff Slack and will be the second time the band play Japan.
Henry and Tim of TTNG perform an acoustic version of their song “2 Birds, 1 Stone and an Empty Stomach” from the album entitled 188.8.131.52.0 while on a stop in Dublin, Ireland on their tour current tour. The video was shot and edited by our very own Dan Finnegan for Sargent House Europe.
Tri-State Indie Video Interview with TTNG - UK Tour starts tomorrow - November 28, 2013
TTNG sat down to chat with Tri-State Indie on the last stop of their North American Tour at The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA on 11/16/2013. - Tomorrow, November 28th their headline tour in the UK starts with Victor Villarreal on all shows as support. See all show details below.
TTNG have just finished off their extensive seven week long North American tour and what better way to celebrate their return home than going right back out on tour in the UK and Ireland with the amazing Victor Villarreal (Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc) ! Make sure not to miss out seeing them as these will be TTNG’s last UK shows for a while so that they can return to the studio early 2014 to begin writing for their next album.
TTNG // VICTOR VILLARREAL - UK & IRELAND TOUR Nov 28th, 2013 - Southampton @ Avondale House Nov 29th, 2013 - Bristol @ The Exchange Nov 30th, 2013 - Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier Dec 1st, 2013 - Preston @ The Mad Ferret Dec 2nd, 2013 - Leicester @ The Firebug Dec 3rd, 2013 - Dublin @ Workman’s Club Dec 4th, 2013 - Belfast @ Voodoo Dec 5th, 2013 - Glasgow @ Audio Dec 6th, 2013 - Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete’s Dec 7th, 2013 - Newcastle @ The Cluney Dec 8th, 2013 - Leeds @ The Wharf Chambers Dec 9th, 2013 - Manchester @ Night & Day Café Dec 10th, 2013 - Sheffield @ The Harley Dec 11th, 2013 - Norwich @ Epic Studios Dec 12th, 2013 - Oxford @ The Cellar Dec 13th, 2013 - Brighton @ Sticky Mike’s Dec 14th, 2013 - London @ Birthdays Dec 15th, 2013 - Winchester @ The Railway
"British “maths”-rockers, TTNG, create a wall of sound that transcends their numbers. Tim Collis’ frantic tapping, finger picking, and Spanish stylings form the framework for their erratic blend of delicious notation. His tablature and chord progressions are so desirable that they’ve been made available for sale. Constant, extreme chord changes in odd tunings flow over dance-able beats. Ethereal vocals swoon over bold, echoing bass lines. The drum kit delivers rim shots, cymbal pings and driving floor toms galore while transforming their ever-evolving rhythm.
TTNG Taylor Guitar Session Live Acoustic: "26 Is Not Dancier Than 4"
TTNG stopped by the Taylor Guitar headquarters at their tour stop in San Diego. Check out this video of Tim Collis and Henry Tremain sampling some of the incredible instruments they have there. They played an old TTNG classic in this beautiful rendition of the song 26 Is Dancier than 4 acoustic.
SARGENT HOUSE TOUR // ASIWYFA // TTNG // MYLETS Oct 11 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City Oct 12 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop Oct 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Oct 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad Oct 18 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace Oct 19 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 Oct 20 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada Oct 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM @ UCO Performance Lab Oct 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club Oct 25 - Madison, WI @ The Sett - University of Wisconsin Oct 26 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Oct 28 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird Oct 29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Nov 01 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Nov 02 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar Nov 03 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Nov 04 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern Nov 05 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade Nov 06 - Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel Nov 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks Nov 08 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room w/ 65 DOS & Caspian too! Nov 09 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern Nov 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks Nov 11 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore Nov 13 - Hamden, CT @ The Space Nov 14 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair Nov 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Nov 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Oxford, England’s TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) brought their intricate math-rock to the world with their 2008 debut Animals. Their latest offering is this year’s 184.108.40.206.0. When they stopped by our offices, they performed two songs from the album. We already posted “Cat Fantastic”; today, we’re sharing “Left Aligned,” which features similarly complex rhythms and a great deal of restraint from lead singer Henry Tremain.
Check out the performance above, and catch them in Canada this month as they play a string of dates North of the border on the Sargent House tour with And So I Watch Your From Afar and Mylets.
TTNG Canadian Dates: 10/09 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club * 10/11 Calgary, AB - Broken City * 10/12 Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop * 11/09 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern * 11/10 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks * 11/11 Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
* w/ And So I Watch You From Afar & Mylets
Filmed by Roberto Granados-Ocon Audio by Nash Bussieres Written & Edited by Michael Thomas
TTNG Announce UK & Irish dates upon their return from their N. American Tour
TTNG have announced a string of dates across UK & Ireland in December to cap off their extensive touring this year joining them on all the shows will be Victor Villarreal (Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc). Currently TTNG are in North American on tour with And So I Watch You From Afar and Mylets supporting their album 220.127.116.11.0 . These new shows will be the bands last UK shows for some time so that they can return to the studio early next year to begin writing for their next album.
SARGENT HOUSE TOUR // ASIWYFA // TTNG // MYLETS Oct 08 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios Oct 09 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club Oct 11 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City Oct 12 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop Oct 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Oct 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad Oct 18 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace Oct 19 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 Oct 20 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada Oct 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM @ UCO Performance Lab Oct 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club Oct 25 - Madison, WI @ The Sett - University of Wisconsin Oct 26 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Oct 28 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird Oct 29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Nov 01 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Nov 02 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar Nov 03 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Nov 04 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern Nov 05 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade Nov 06 - Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel Nov 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks Nov 08 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room w/ 65 DOS & Caspian too! Nov 09 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern Nov 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks Nov 11 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore Nov 13 - Hamden, CT @ The Space Nov 14 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair Nov 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Nov 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) recently shed 25% of their band members and 75% of the letters in their name, but they’re still 100% hard-hitting math rockers. Having recently released sophomore album 18.104.22.168.0, the British trio came to the Exclaim! backyard to show off one of the new tunes.
The band played “Cat Fantastic,” the new album’s opening track, featuring complex time signatures and intricate riffs. Watch the performance below. After their European tour, the band will be returning to North America in the fall, with a few Canadian shows - See ALL Dates here.
- By Matt Bobkin Filmed by Roberto Granados-Ocon Audio by Nash Bussieres Edited by Ian Gormely
Sargent House Presents: TTNG & And So I Watch You From Afar // Co-Headline North American Tour with Mylets on All shows
Sargent House is pleased to announce a triple-bill North American tour featuring Belfast, Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar and England’s TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) both playing full headlining sets. Which will also feature one-man-band Mylets who will open on all dates, making his debut on his first extensive nationwide tour. The traveling trio of Sargent House bands kicks off October 2nd in L.A.
ASIWYFA support their third album All Hail Bright Futures which was released March 19th, 2013. TTNG support their sophomore album 22.214.171.124.0, which was released January 22nd, 2013. Mylets supporting his collection of three EPS that were remastered and released as one album called Retcon on May 7th, 2013.
ASIWYFA // TTNG // MYLETS TOUR Oct 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Oct 03 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room Oct 04 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar Oct 05 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill Oct 07 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café Oct 08 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios Oct 09 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club Oct 11 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City Oct 12 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop Oct 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Oct 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Oct 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad Oct 18 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace Oct 19 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 Oct 20 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada Oct 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM @ UCO Performance Lab Oct 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club Oct 25 - Madison, WI @ The Sett - University of Wisconsin Oct 26 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Oct 28 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird Oct 29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Nov 01 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Nov 02 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar Nov 03 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Nov 04 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern Nov 05 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade Nov 06 - Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel Nov 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks Nov 08 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room Nov 09 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern Nov 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks Nov 11 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore Nov 13 - Hamden, CT @ The Space Nov 14 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair Nov 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Nov 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
And Europe there are tons of Summer Festivals and September Tour Dates for all three bands happening - Click links below for each band to see full list of all shows.
Made Of Chalk: Live Videos First of Three to come "Adventure, Stamina & Anger "
The Made of Chalk Sargent House Takeover continues! Here is the first of three videos to come from TTNG who just released their second full length album titled 126.96.36.199.0 earlier this year. The band is currently on tour with Tera Melos in support of this release. You can check out the remaining dates here! and see Tera Melos and Native videos in the take over HERE.
Dirty Impound Albums of the Week & Review of TTNG's 188.8.131.52.0
There is greatness here. The cumulative effect of TTNG’s 184.108.40.206.0(released January 22) – a title that references the Mayan calendar’s counting sequence covering the beginning and end of creation – is mounting impressiveness. Weaving seamlessly between exposed delicacy and tough, technical musicianship with impactful oomph, the album charms and charms, and the more one revisits it the better it gets. There are some surface similarities to ursine alternative rock darlings Grizzly Bear, Bear In Heaven and Minus the Bear but Oxford, England’s TTNG are more robust instrumentalists capable of the kind of finger-knotting complexity within melodic frameworks worthy of Rush and Tortoise. Add in the curving, unexpectedly enticing voice of lead singer Henry Tremain, whose pipes and phrasing recall the wild bird flap of Smiths-era Morrissey and Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville, and you’ve got a unique combination of primary elements. The captivating clawhammer picking of guitarist Tim Collis and controlled ferocity of drummer Chris Collis weave together so well with Tremain’s swooping vocals and whomp-heavy bass, and it’s only at the end of this set that one realizes the wide range of moods and subject matter that’s been covered. A humanist thread emerges early on opener Cat Fantastic, which notes, “You feel less satisfied the more you acquire…You’ll be happy when you’re willing to share.” But these aren’t tambourine whacking hippies by any stretch of the imagination. There is something big, bold and beautiful gestating in this trio, and 220.127.116.11.0 is the sound of that multitudinous thing kicking and squirming, ready to burst into the world. (Dennis Cook)
Ever-burned into our musical conscious through his affiliation with alternative heavy hitters TTNG (formally This Town Needs Guns), guitarist Tim Collis is renowned for his technical playing style and effortless, progressive technique. Having played in the Oxford-based band for countless years, with records released through Big Scary Monsters and Sargent House, we caught up with Tim off the back of an EU tour to talk about his playing style, his vintage Fender amp, and his inspirations as a musician…
What was it that made you want to start playing music?
TTNG spent last year re-imagining themselves as a band, pushing on to tour with an altered line-up. Where other bands would fall by the way-side, they’ve evolved enough to be firmly looking forward to a great future, and their recently released new album is the perfect hard evidence for it. James Fox had a chat with guitarist Tim Collis on where they’re at, and what’s in store next.
You’ve got a lot ahead of you it seems this year. But yesterday you had your new album out, 18.104.22.168.0, your first one as a three piece after Stu and Jamie left. How was the creative process this time?
It was pretty different, as you might expect with both Stu and Jamie leaving. Jamie was around for the writing of that album actually, and some of the basic ideas and riffs we started with had actually been around for a couple of years. So it was a bit funny – we had little bits from up to 2 or 3 years ago, some bits that were more recent to when the album was recorded, and quite a lot of parts that were just experimentation in the studio at the time. It was a weird process that combined all three ways, compared to the previous record where we just wrote a bunch of songs together, tried to grab what time we could, and recorded them pretty much as they were in rehearsal. It was a bit freer this time and it was more intense and definitely more serious. We’d flown producer Ed Rose over from the states so we knew it was a bit more serious and things had stepped up for us in some ways. It was a good process though.
The instrumentation on the record seems a little bit more adventurous?
Yeah, definifetly. We had a bit more time and a little bit more budget which is great because you can then obviously do things that are a bit more experimental. You’ve got the time and the ability risk it, and you’ve even got in a better a studio the means to do that with better equipment or different equipment. There are a few different flavours on there, some different instruments we tried out. There’s some really random stuff like wine glasses with liquid in them and making all sorts of noises with those. There are a few more effects. With the previous record it was pretty clean and it was just vocals, drums, bass, guitar and that was it. It was nice to try some new stuff out this time for sure.
TERA MELOS & TTNG TOUR 2013 Apr 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge Apr 19, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile Apr 20, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club Apr 23, 2013 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium Apr 24, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 7th Street Entry Apr 25, 2013 - Appleton, WI @ Lawrence University Apr 26, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Apr 27, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater/The Magic Stick Apr 28, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison Apr 29, 2013 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore Apr 30, 2013 - Hamden, CT @ The Space May 1, 2013 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall May 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire - (early show) SOLD OUT May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire - (late show) SOLD OUT May 4, 2013 - Washington, DC @ DC9 May 5, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade May 7, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade May 8, 2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits May 9, 2013 - Miami, FL @ Bardot May 10, 2013 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar May 11, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub May 13, 2013 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In May 15, 2013 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon May 16, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s May 17, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada May 18, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 May 19, 2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova May 20, 2013 - El Paso, TX @ Low Brow May 21, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock May 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah May 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo May 24, 2013 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room May 25, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill May 26, 2013 - Fresno, CA @ Star Palace Ballroom
A Bearded Gentleman asks 13 Questions, TTNG answers them
TTNG (formally known as This Town Needs Guns) Have had quite the year. TTNG found out that their lead singer and guitar player Stuart Smith would be leaving the band to start a family and the band recruited singer Henry Tremain. However, soon after beginning work on their new record the band was faced with loosing bass player Jamie Cooper as well. As Cooper exited the band Tremain took it upon himself to take up the bass duties and transformed the band into a trio leaving brothers Chris Collis on percussion and Tim Collis on guitar.
Throughout the major shifts in the line up TTNG managed to write and release one of my favorite albums of the year thus far. 22.214.171.124.0 was released in the first part of January 2013 and quickly started garnering major attention. I was able to send some questions to the band and after a short stint of touring in the UK, TTNG’s Chris was able to get back to us with some responses.
Note: At the original time the interview was sent TTNG had not yet changed their name.
TTNG’S headline tour with Nate Kinsella’s solo project Birthmark joining on all shows starts in Paris on January 31st! Both bands are touring in support of their latest releases.
THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS / BIRTHMARK TOUR - 2013 Jan 31, 2013 - Paris, France @ Les Combustibles Feb 1, 2013 - Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Feb 2, 2013 - Dortmund, Germany @ FZW Feb 3, 2013 - Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube Feb 5, 2013 - Denmark, Copenhangen @ Basement Show Feb 6, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Kulturhuset Lava Feb 7, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Kampen Bistro Feb 8, 2013 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Pir 6 Feb 9, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ BETA Feb 10, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007 Feb 11, 2013 - Giessen, Germany @ Muk Gießen Feb 13, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Magnet also w/ Maps & Atlases Feb 14, 2013 - Leipzig, Germany @ Werk II Feb 15, 2013 - Aachen, Germany @ Musikbunker Feb 16, 2013 - Enschede, Holland @ The Loch Feb 17, 2013 - Leuven, Belgium @ Room 66
An open letter from Henry regarding the name change to TTNG
All of us at Sargent House love and support this statement and the reasons for why the band wanted to change their moniker 100%.
Statement made by Henry Tremain below
“Seems a few people are lacking our reasoning behind the name change and jumping to speculation. I’ve just popped our statement about the change up on the main page of our website
Hopefully this will give you a little more context behind the change.
I’d also like you to know that my personal want to move away from the full name is completely abstract from any current events or social pressures of political correctness. When the boys asked me if I would consider joining the band, the name made it very difficult for me. I eventually got perspective and realised that the opportunity to work with such amazing musicians was way more important than my dislike of a silly band name. It wasn’t until in the band that the gravity of the name became more obvious, and that it wasn’t just a silly band name. With stories of people being on the receiving end of abuse for wearing the band’s t-shirts, the importance of context on the name was clear - without the knowledge that it was the name of a band, the statement ‘this town needs guns’ is left to be taken literally. As we continue promoting the bands music, the name is going to find itself in more and more places without this qualifying context to excuse it.
I am an adamant pacifist and the idea of guns and indeed any form of violence turns my stomach. The idea of attaching myself to such a statement, that can so readily be taken out of context, and irony overlooked, has felt like a real compromise on my integrity.
Anyways, we are not violent people, we don’t make violent music, why should we have a violent name? I often wonder how many people have been put off listening to the band assuming that the music is really heavy.
So why not change to a completely new name all together? Because we’re still the same band. We still play old songs and want to continue doing so. Sure the band’s evolved since the last release, but TTNG has always been in a state of flux throughout the bands history. In fact, on the album ‘Animals’, for which the band is most known, Stu was the only original member. So that’s it, we’re still the same band, we’re just moving forwards. Changing the name all together would sever the link between the old material and the new and remove it from being seen as the progression that it is as a whole body of work.
Having just read this back I realise that it might seem to some that the name change has been my idea, I assure you that this is not the case. It is a decision that we have come to together with the help, love and support of our amazing record label Sargent House.
I’m going to pop back here to see if anyone has any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.”
I went to a cocktail bar in Shoreditch to talk to the delightful members of TTNGprior to the launch show of their newest full-length, 126.96.36.199.0. Whilst professionally sipping over glasses of Coke, they had the following to say…
It’s great to see you guys back in London. Was there any reason in choosing to have the album launch at the Old Blue Last?
Henry Tremain: Well we decided we wanted to do a launch show pretty late in the day, and we got in contact with our friend Haruna who is a wonderful promoter. We asked her if she was up for putting a show on, and I think it was her suggestion to do the Old Blue. But personally, having been a Londoner, I really appreciate the Old Blue just for the fact that they have cheap and often free shows on, which in London is pretty rare.
Seeing as the new album comes out tomorrow, it makes sense to talk about that. I was wondering if you could outline when and how the new material started coming about?
Tim Collis: It’s been quite a long process in some ways. The ideas for some of the songs, and certain sections of songs came up to about three years ago. But we do have some stuff that was written more recently, like last year just before recording the album, and some of it during recording the album. We’d be experimenting and playing with stuff as we were in the studio.
Henry: That was the most fun really, most of the inbetween tracks on the album were quite often an idea Tim would have, that was no more than some chords or a riff, and we built it up in the studio together and that collaborative process with Ed Rose (Producer) was thoroughly enjoyable. I think that’s when he enjoyed the session the most as well, getting to be creative himself rather than simply managing the mechanical process of recording pre-written songs.
Having listened to it through a few times, do you think it’s fair to say that it’s perhaps more varied and eclectic than previous works?
COS: This Town Needs Guns alter their name and will go forward as simply TTNG
On the eve of their new album’s release, This Town Needs Guns have announced a name change — they’re cutting out all those pesky words and calling themselves simply TTNG. The album title, 188.8.131.52.0, is a reference to the rebirth signaled at the end of the Mayan calendar (we’re still here, aren’t we?!), and it’s their first album with a new three-man lineup. So in a way, it’s fitting that 2013 also sees the band rebranding themselves.
In a statement announcing the name change, the band said the following:
"Over the years, many of you have asked where the band name comes from. As a band originating in Oxford, UK, ‘This Town Needs Guns’ was simply a name chosen by a group of friends wanting to make music together. At the time, this name was not considerd particularly offensive and indeed was an ironic statement given the setting of such a historic and cultural city as Oxford.
Context plays a big part in the way a band name such as ‘This Town Needs Guns’ may be perceived. In the UK, guns are not present. Ordinarily, our police force do not even carry guns. Within this context, an idea such as a town needing guns seems too absurd to be taken seriously.
However, eight years on, things have changed. With our music now finding new cultures, the irony of the name is no longer implicit. Also, in light of the controversy over gun ownership in the US as well as tragic shootings there and elsewhere in the world, we want to distance ourselves from a band name which we are now uncomfortable with.
We hope this change of name doesn’t disappoint anyone. It is the music that is important, not the name. As Shakespeare’s Juliet said “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’”
Honestly, anyone walking by a television screen or newsstand in the last month probably saw this coming. However, as the band’s label stresses, the name change won’t be altered for the album artwork, or listings on iTunes, Amazon, etc. “The band is altering its name to the shorter TTNG for all of their purposes moving forward, but that won’t affect their web site URL, Facebook page, retail items, etc.”
Below is the Japanese version of the new Album’s Art, the first item to put into play the revision to their name.
Though it’s been quite a while in coming, there’s no doubting that the new This Town Needs Guns record is worth the increased wait. The band could very easily have called it quits after the departure of Stuart Smith and Jamie Cooper in 2011, but they’re still here, albeit as a slimmed-down three-piece. There’s nothing slimmed-down about the sound of ‘184.108.40.206.0’, though - it’s as full-on as anything else the band have produced up til now, and as usual it tends to veer in rather unexpected directions, focusing on acoustic beauty with ‘2 Birds, 1 Stone and an Empty Stomach’ and ‘Nice Riff, Clichard’ (the latter of which throws some glitchy rhythms into the mix), and seeing the band let their hair down with the extended outro to ‘I’ll Take the Minute Snake’. Their technical mastery remains undiminished, even if their second album is, on the whole, less frenetic than 2008 debut ‘Animals’, and the band veer into pop-like territory more often than before (especially on the brilliantly-titled ‘+3 Awesomeness Repels Water’). We don’t want to resort to cliché and call this a ‘maturation’ of the TTNG sound, but the more accessible approach taken on the album works wonders, and should bring them a whole ton of new admirers.
Call me a conspiracist, but I reckon it’s more than aesthetics behind that album title. 220.127.116.11.0. Day 1 in the renewed Mayan calendar (remember, the one that was supposed to spell the end of the world?). This Town Needs Guns; a band who have lost 5 members, 3 of them founders, in only 7 years, and yet have battled out to the other side triumphantly waving a beaut new album replete with beaut mayan-inspired artwork. This is a celebration album, a celebration of renewal, fresh starts, blank slates.
Yes, a possible crock of shit, and unlike JFK, TTNG are close on hand to raise the red flag. But whether or not they’re calling attention to it, this is a new band. Gone are the earnest wails and mad frantic drums; in their place are falsetto touches and jazz-tainted restraint. There are no ‘heavy bits’ anymore, just ‘louder bits’. To be honest the new sound has been very much a work in progress, and will seem a very logical progression to anyone who was a fan of the beautiful Big Scary Monsters-released Animals. If that album was building the ship, with this one, they’ve fully set sail, and if only three of em made it to the voyage, then so much the better – this is a tighter, better calibrated TTNG, a band with far less audible waste than before; In short, This Town Needs Guns have grown up.
It really is a stunning LP, executed by stunning musicians. ‘+3 Awesomeness Repels Water’ is a particularly choice cut, coming in near the end of the track and acting somewhat as a summing up of the lessons learnt throughout, a veritable crash course in harmony. The real comfort though is listening to the album as a whole – the flow is exceptional, oscillating carefully between straight polyrythmic drivers and softer drifters. It’s a feat rarely accomplished these days, and one that deserves maximum kudos.
Mind Equals Blown: Gives This Town Needs Guns 18.104.22.168.0 a 9.0 Review
The sophomore LP can present any number of obstacles for even the most surefooted band. Throw in member changes and the equation gets even a bit more fuzzy. But when you’re talking about This Town Needs Guns, the expectations even considering all of that are still present, if not also a tad tremendous. Nevertheless, the U.K. quartet turned power trio has returned with LP #2 in the form of 22.214.171.124.0, a slightly less poppy but arguably more adventurous offering than their previous album Animals. And for what they’ve been through in the years since that release, it’s a more than pleasant surprise that this record not only lives up to such heightened expectations, but completely obliterates them in the process.
Right off the bat, “Cat Fantastic” enforces a high level of musicianship from all three members that is carried quite effortlessly through the rest of the 12 tracks on the disc. Whether it’s ethereal tapping (“Havoc in the Forum”), free-flowing meters of strange proportions (“Triptych”) or the gorgeous chemistry of all involved (“Left Aligned”), it is simply astonishing at times what This Town Needs Guns can do. The tempos here fall a bit on the less pushing side, as the slower, acoustic lushness of “2 Birds, 1 Stone and an Empty Stomach” or the mid-tempo pulsing of “+3 Awesomeness Repels Water” feel just as good to the ears as earlier TTNG cuts that invoked more dancing than an actual vibe.
The Aquarian Album Review: This Town Needs Guns 126.96.36.199.0
Oxford, UK native trio This Town Needs Guns have named their latest work 188.8.131.52.0. The indie rock compilation features an assortment of uniquely titled tracks, all with an air of melodic serenity battling frantic instruments. Beginning with “Cat Fantastic,” the clear notes of vocalist Henry Tremain ring out over the lighthearted, technical style of playing that pours out of these musicians. Everything about their sound is understated, including their whimsical lyrics that in “Cat Fantastic” repeat, “You’ll be happy when you’re willing to share.” The vocals are bordering on being poppy at moments, while the instrumental work is unexpected and pioneers new territory.
On “Havoc In The Forum,” the group accentuate complicated time signatures with drums that occur without rhyme or reason, but somehow marry the combating musical forces. Even with an uncommon structure, the song has a memorable quality to it, as does the following cut, “Left Aligned.” Here the guitar playing takes a progressive turn, as the pace slows and the bass grows in volume. This song rides along with complex chord progressions as its backbone. An instrumental number takes the disc in a moody, gloomier direction, blending the individual pieces together. The unorthodox manner in which This Town Needs Guns arrange their music does not sway the listener from continuing on in the journey that 184.108.40.206.0 becomes.
“I’ll Take The Minute Snake” is super harmonic at first with its riffs and then soon following with a chorus that mimics the lead line beautifully. Once again, the song heads in a progressive and erratic direction. The fingerprint of This Town Needs Guns is a one-of-a-kind distinction from any other band within the confines of contemporary indie rock. Their technical, methodic performing allows their music to shine, unparalleled on 220.127.116.11.0.
The Rock Club Interview with Tim Collis of This Town Needs Guns
Where did your band name come from and any regrets with that name in today’s climate?
Our previous singer Stu actually started the band when he was at uni and chose this name from a letter his friend once sent him. His friend had signed off the letter ‘This Town Needs Guns’ in reference to a bunch of scally-wags who had thrown a brick through a bus window at him.
Yes, we’re actually kind of regretful of the name at times but we hope that people realise it is just a band name and it doesn’t convey any of our views on guns or any other weapons for that matter. We’d hope people would take the time to listen to the music before basing their view of us just on a name.
How did you come to be in a band together and with what ambitions?
The band originally started like most bands - a bunch of friends just wanting to spend their time in a positive and fun way. We recently had a bit of a line-up change in that our singer left amicably to start a family and our bass player left to pursue a career in graphic design. Since Henry has joined us (undertaking both of these duties and more) we’ve still had the same outlook and just like at the beginning of the band, we’ve had no particular ambitions besides enjoying what we’re doing and taking what opportunities come our way.
How would you describe your sound for people yet to hear your music?
Golden Plec Album Review: This Town Needs Guns 18.104.22.168.0
This Town Needs Guns have faced their fair share of setbacks since the release of their debut album, ‘Animals’ over 3 years ago. Cutting numbers back from a foursome to a trio and replacing your vocalist is no easy task, particularly for a band whose signature vocals have made them a staple of the math rock community in the UK.
On ’22.214.171.124.0′ This Town Needs Guns return to form with what they do best; creative time signatures, beautifully translucent vocals and drumming that’s so tight it’s hard to believe it’s made at the hands of a human. The development of the band over the last few years all comes down to this.
Emphasizing Tim Collis’ unbelievable use of a guitar, in melodies so technically beautiful, ’126.96.36.199.0′ takes on its own character, with an ambition to prove themselves once again as textural instrumentals such as In The Branches of Yggdrasil and Nice Riff Clichard will testify.
Progressing from their staple four-piece line up to a tight-knit trio, with Ex-Pennines front man Henry Tremain picking up where long-running vocalist Stewart Smith left off, This Town Needs Guns haven’t been without their share of setbacks. But with the announcement of a brand new record titled 188.8.131.52.0, the band – now currently consisting of Tremain alongside Tim & Chris Collis – are back, producing some of their most astounding music to date.
Kicking off this twelve track, ‘Cat Fantastic’ works as a delightfully apt opener; restoring and familiarizing the listener with the band’s differences and similarities from past recordings. The intricacies of masterful guitar, the impeccable groove-filled rhythm, the essential slick bass, it’s all here, like nothing has changed, yet with the addition of Tremain – both vocally and physically – This Town’s outlook feels different, sounds familiar, acting as a different entity.
OK, wow. Bear with me, we’re heading into the twiddly math-rock world of This Town Needs Guns. The Oxford now-trio (following exit of bassist Jamie Cooper, new(ish) singer Henry Tremain has picked up bass) return with their second full-length 184.108.40.206.0 - the ornate South American design on the album artwork nods to the significance of that number, which some readings is how the Mayan calendar ticks over into a new numerical date arrangement – (i.e. 220.127.116.11.0) consider to be the ‘beginning day’ following the ‘end’ after which this release is named)*
And this is new. New stuff, I mean. Connected – of course – it’s still the same mellow sweet vocals twisting through mathy guitar and irrefutable drums, but in content and form (as album and in individual tracks) we find something more mature, more complex, with shifts in tone that turns cross hatch into gradient.
TTNG’s previous full-length Animals contained a straightforward thematic thread of the progression of a relationship (sumptuous, soaring, and eventually relentlessly sad), whereas 18.104.22.168.0 contains a series of vignettes split up by instrumental palette cleansers. In an interesting progression in content as the political and the reflective join the personal to intertwine throughout.
Cat Fantastic - kicks the record off with the boldest of their new directions in terms of content – the overtly political (though it’s still politics of the personal – of personal choice and consequence) the first track spins the web of the contemporary city; where affluence daily crosses paths with poverty. The lyrics may sound sweet, but they are vicious in places. Righteously so.
London Album Release Show at Old Blue Last on January 20th
This Town Needs Guns have added a show on January 20th in London at The Old Blue Last to celebrate the launch of the new album - they will have the cds and vinyl for sale that night as well! Then, starting on January 31st they will head off for their headline Tour with Nate Kinsella’s new project Birthmark joining them on all shows.
THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS / BIRTHMARK TOUR - 2013 Jan 31, 2013 - Paris, France @ Les Combustibles Feb 1, 2013 - Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Feb 2, 2013 - Dortmund, Germany @ FZW Feb 3, 2013 - Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube Feb 5, 2013 - Denmark, Copenhangen @ Basement Show Feb 6, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Kulturhuset Lava Feb 7, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Kampen Bistro Feb 8, 2013 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Pir 6 Feb 9, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ BETA Feb 10, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007 Feb 11, 2013 - Giessen, Germany @ Muk Gießen Feb 13, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Marie Antoinette Feb 14, 2013 - Leipzig, Germany @ Werk II Feb 15, 2013 - Aachen, Germany @ Musikbunker Feb 16, 2013 - Enschede, Holland @ The Loch Feb 17, 2013 - Leuven, Belgium @ Room 66
Consequence of Sound Premieres new track - “I’ll Take the Minute Snake”
If anyone’s reading this, it’s a pretty safe bet the apocalypse never happened!
Despite the good news of our continued existence, we still have to deal with a day of ceaseless tweets and Facebook posts, pointing out the absurdity of the End Days with asinine hashtags and irritating memes. But if we’re to live through such a humor-geddon, then there should be at least one bright spot of Doomsday-related talk worth consuming.
Cue Oxford-based math-rock band This Town Needs Guns. After their zoo-centric 2008 debut Animals, the band’s sophomore LP22.214.171.124.0 focuses primarily on the end of the Mayan calendar. But rather than utilizing the doom and gloom aspects, drummer Chris Collis said the band explored the concept as a force for positivity and creative rebirth.
“The completion of 13 b’ak’tuns (occurring on 21st December 2012) marks the creation of the world of human beings according to the Maya. It is more the completion of a cycle rather than necessarily being a destructive event such as the end of the world which some people predict. It was this idea of completion and progression that we wanted to incorporate into the album and artwork.
The notion of change has been a large part of our band recently, having lost a singer and then a bass player. We felt as if a cycle had been completed with the old lineup and a new cycle was now starting with Henry (Tremain), our new singer/guitarist/bassist/wunderkid. It also contains the idea of progression as a band. Though Maya texts say nothing about what might happen at the 13th Bak’tun, we do know that the end of each bak’tun was considered a time of great change.”
And that upheaval has led to an album of intricate yet uncomplicated prog rock, encapsulated with the single “I’ll Take the Minute Snake”. Musically, the track facilitates a vibe similar to the limo scene from 2012: ceaseless forward momentum of crashing drums and slick guitar and bass grooves right into the ending refrain of glitchy noises. While it’s all destruction aurally, the lyrical content presents hope, with the protagonist longing for a re-connection amid the firestorm of sounds, aided in part by Tremain’s evocative yelps. Stream it below.
126.96.36.199.0 hits stores on January 22nd via Sargent House (pre-order your digital copy on Itunes here) and be sure to also check out the slightly mellower “Left Aligned”. story by: Chris Coplan
This Town Needs Guns Announces Headline Northern European Tour with Nate Kinsella's Birthmark On all Shows
This Town Needs Guns have just announced some new tour dates joining them on all shows will be Nate Kinsella’s solo project, Birthmark who are touring in support of their latest release on Polyvinyl. What a great pairing! So make sure to go see the lads and pick up their new album 188.8.131.52.0. which they will have with them on the tour on both Vinyl and CD. If they are not stopping by your city you can pre-order the album HERE too, comes out everywhere on January 22, 2013.
THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS / BIRTHMARK TOUR - 2013 Jan 20, 2013 - London, UK @ The Old Blue Last * no birthmark Jan 31, 2013 - Paris, France @ Les Combustibles Feb 1, 2013 - Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Bielefeld Feb 2, 2013 - Dortmund, Germany @ FZW Feb 3, 2013 - Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube Feb 6, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Kulturhuset Lava Feb 7, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Kampen Bistro Feb 8, 2013 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Pir 6 Feb 9, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ BETA Feb 10, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007 Feb 11, 2013 - Giessen, Germany @ Muk Gießen Feb 12, 2013 - Moscow, Russia @ B2 Feb 13, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Marie Antoinette Feb 14, 2013 - Leipzig, Germany @ Werk II Feb 15, 2013 - Aachen, Germany @ Musikbunker Aachen Feb 16, 2013 - Enschede, Netherlands @ The Loch
Since the departure of the previous members in 2011, the remaining members of This Town Needs Guns have had a fresh album on the horizon, ’184.108.40.206.0’, which is due out next year, and tonight will be a good insight as to what to expect from it.
Once the custom made speakers have been set up, This Town Need Guns decide to open with ‘Chinchilla’, where it’s clear that Pennines singer and guitarist Henry Tremain has taken the reigns well as new vocalist. After, he moves the band on quickly to introduce newer songs, ‘Cat Fantastic’, and later ‘I’ll Take The Minute Snake’, both of which show they’re taking a newly adapted approach to songwriting with the altered instrumentation in mind. Lead guitarist Tim Collis’ slippy and slidy guitar lines are all still present and correct, played with the accuracy and dexterity they are known for, whilst drummer Chris Collis is on powerful form behind them.
As their set comes to a close, they end with the classically TTNG twiddly ‘Baboon’ which, despite going down more than well, is followed up with jovial calls of six, seven or eight more songs. More realistically, the band take the novelty of heading to the back of the room before setting up in front of the merch table, book-ending their set with an acoustic version of fan-favourite ’26 Is Dancier Than 4’ whilst the audience sit around them quietly like children at a campfire.
This Town Needs Guns have persevered as a three piece for about a year. However, this is by no means a band bringing in other musicians to hold the cracks together, resting on their laurels by only playing their material of yesteryear without moving forward to something new. Nope. The fact the band can still manage to wow an audience like they have tonight is a testament to how, a year on, they’re still going solid and strong. by - JAMES FOX
Work Those Guns - This Town Needs Guns Live Review - November 2, 2012 at The Borderline
"Shorn down and reinvented as a trio, with the introduction of Henry Tremain as vocalist and all round musical show-off joining the brothers Collis, there’s a definite air of edgy anticipation in the sold out cellar. Will they be as good? Can three really replace more?
Tremain, armed with what looks like a 6 string baritone guitar stands cheerfully at the back of the stage next to his personal sci-fi set of speakers and kicks us off into the mesmerizing Chinchilla. All doubts, if indeed there truly were any, instantly evaporate like a rare gas. The new boy done good. Effortlessly filling Stu Smith’s vocal and Jamie Cooper’s fat stringed shoes in one fell swoop.
The sound is absolutely astonishing. Those white cubes have strong magic within. And, as always, Tim Collis’ unparalleled tapping, sliding, hammering, tickling, caressing and stimulating leaves jaws dropped and eyes popped from the venue’s writhing front to its back pipe.
Collis is in a wonderful world of his own. Like some sort of an autistic über-genius. In a bubble. Deliriously happy. Smiling. Loving it. And the sounds that emanate from his array of Telecasters pimped and modified with all manner of capos and alien tunings defy comparison.
Arpeggios, syncopation, insane time signatures and seemingly mathematically and physically impossible progressions provide the most wonderful swirling, intoxicating and bewildering soundscape for the whispy and light alto vocals and sumptuous melodies. All welded together by the most ridiculously tight and intricate drumming of his bro Chris, delivered almost laconically and apparently effortlessly.
Ok, it’s been said before, and it’s somewhat inevitable; but when a truly original sound or style of playing is alchemically created, there is obviously going to be a risk of everything sounding too samey. There are undeniably moments in This Town Needs Guns' offering that clearly play in the same areas and Collis’ unique and amazing style does inevitably dictate the sound. But it’s a cod and specious criticism. Mr The Edge while fucking around with many racks, boxes, pedals and set ups is instantly identifiable (sorry to mention U2, spit, cough, splutter – it’s only to make a clumsy point). Hell, Vivaldi’s pretty much immediately taggable. As are Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Rory Gallagher and even Tony Iommi.
This Town Needs Guns US Merch store has got some really sweet pre-order bundle deals for both the Vinyl or CD - You can also order any shirt or cd or vinyl separately. Orders ship anywhere in the world. We will also be putting up the Vinyl and CD for sale in the new UK online store should be up by around December 1st. All Pre-orders ship a week earlier than the release date!
At the time, the band’s future seemed secure, with Pennines vocalist Henry Tremain all set to take over singing duties. However, little did he know, he’d soon be replacing Jamie Cooper as bassist as well. After an event-packed year, 11 is louder than 10 once again caught up with TTNG at The Borderline in London in the final days of their 2012 UK tour to discuss ‘power trios’, Iron Maiden tribute bands and ‘Ron Jeremy Beadle’.
How would you sum up the last year or so since we last spoke? Tim Collis (guitar):It’s been eventful! Stu started a family, which is good. He’s getting on well – he’s got a little girl now. And Jamie left to pursue a career in graphic design because he’s truly gifted at that, but luckily he recorded a new album with us before he left, so he features on the album – he’s got some pretty pimpin’ bass lines.
Moving on from that, it’s been kinda challenging recreating those songs live, but as three people. In particular, Henry and Chris have got a pretty tough job because they’re both doing a lot more. Henry’s singing and playing bass lines that weren’t written at the time as if they were both going to be done by the same person!
This Town Needs Guns 220.127.116.11.0 Out on January 22nd, 2013 - Check out another New Track "Left Aligned"
“This Town Needs Guns has always been known for walking a tightrope line between pop melody and technical precision. But, 18.104.22.168.0 finds the band blurring the lines so masterfully that their intricate, spindling guitar lines and soaring pop hooks reach unforeseen apexes. And, so it’s fitting that the band titled their new album after esoteric means of counting: 22.214.171.124.0 referring to the Mayan calendar’s Long Count indicating the beginning (August 11, 3114 BCE) and ending (December 21, 2012) of the current creation.
126.96.36.199.0 is their first album featuring their new vocalist Henry Tremain following the amicable departure of former lead singer Stuart Smith in 2011. This lineup shows considerable growth and cohesion with Tim Collis’ signature bluegrass style finger-picking electric guitar lines weaving around brother and drummer Chris Collis’ stop ‘n’ go syncopated rhythms as Tremain’s rich vocals glide across the proceedings. But it’s the band’s earnest songwriting that really shines herein.
Check out Left Aligned & Cat Fantastic the first tracks previewed from the upcoming album - included now in the Digital Pre Order as well.
188.8.131.52.0 be released worldwide on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on January 22, 2013.