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TTNG Announces European Tour in September with Mylets and Summer Festival Plays

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TTNG will be playing a few European and UK Festivals this Summer including plays on the Sargent House stage at Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Cork, Ireland on August 2nd along side And So I Watch You From Afar, Bosnian Rainbows, No Spill Blood & Mylets. Then in September they will headline a run of European dates with Mylets on all shows before coming back to the USA and Canada in October 2013 for a co-headline tour with And So I Watch You From Afar (each band will play full length sets each night) also with Mylets on all shows… Dates to be announced soon for that one..

SEE ALL TTNG SHOW DETAILS HERE & BELOW

TTNG - SUMMER FESTIVALS 2013
July 13 - Gloucestershire,UK @ 2000 Trees Festival (also w/ ASIWYFA )
July 21  - Sheffield, UK  @ Tramlines Festival
Aug 02 - Cork, IE @ Indiependence Music & Arts Festival (SH Stage)
Aug 31 - Somerset, UK @ ArcTanGent Festival (also w/ ASIWYFA )

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TTNG & MYLETS
Sep 3, 2013 - Bochum, DE @ Bahnhof Langendreer
Sep 4, 2013 - Cologne, DE @ Aetherblissement
Sep 5, 2013 - Hamburg, DE @ Astra Stube
Sep 6, 2013 - Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
Sep 7, 2013 - Chemnitz, DE @ AC17 
Sep 8, 2013 - Prague, CZ @ Klub 007 
Sep 9, 2013 - Vienna, AT @ Rhiz
Sep 10, 2013 - Slovakia, Bratislava @ Nu Spirit Club
Sep 11, 2013 - Brno, CZ @ Eleven Club
Sep 12, 2013 - Graz,  AT  @ The Bang Bang Club
Sep 13, 2013 - Rijeka, HR  @ Život
Sep 14, 2013 - Bologna, IT @ Freakout Club
Sep 15, 2013 - Yverdon-les-Bains, CZ @ The Amalgame Club
Sep 16, 2013 - Milano, IT @ Ligeria
Sep 17, 2013 - Luzern, CH @ Sedel Club
Sep 19, 2013 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturpalast
Sep 20, 2013 - Rheda-Wiedenbrück, DE @ Jugendkulturring
Sep 21, 2013 - Tilburg, NE @ Incubate Festival (also w/ ASIWYFA)
Sep 22, 2013 - Paris, FR @ Le Batofar


Full live set of TTNG from Los Angeles, California on May 23rd


TTNG's full set from their sold out show on  May 23rd with Tera Melos at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA. Thanks to TheeFerick for posting this on his youtube!


Made of Chalk: TTNG Live from Chicago “Left Aligned”

Here is the second of the three videos by Made of Chalk of TTNG live from Chicago performing “Left Aligned” from the new album 13.0.0.0.0.


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 13.0.0.0.0 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.


"TTNG, formerly known as This Town Needs Guns, was beyond exciting for me to photograph even in a less than ideal lighting situation. TTNG had a great energy to them. They are a math rock band, which means their time signatures jump all over the place. The skill level of the individual band members was ridiculous. I definitely feel like you’ll be hearing more from this band in the next couple of years.”

Thanks to Audra May Photography for shooting the show - See all photos here - Shot at The Space in Hamden, CT on April 30, 2013



I’ll Take The Minute Snake live from Oxford

TTNG live in Oxford “I’ll Take The Minute Snake” - cheers to GreenDore Films for sharing


Live Video Clip and Interview from Moscow



TTNG performing the song ‘Adventure, Stamina & Anger’ and Interview with our friends at Stop the Silence -  shot on February 12, 2013 @ B2 Club in Moscow, Russia.

TTNG will be heading out on tour with Tera Melos in the USA & CANADA starting April 18th - SEE ALL DATES HERE


Dirty Impound Albums of the Week & Review of TTNG’s 13.0.0.0.0

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There is greatness here. The cumulative effect of TTNG’s 13.0.0.0.0 (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 13.0.0.0.0 is the sound of that multitudinous thing kicking and squirming, ready to burst into the world. (Dennis Cook)

DON’T MISS TTNG ON TOUR SEE ALL SHOW INFO HERE


MM: Interview with Tim Collis

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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?

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Subba Cultcha Interview with TTNG




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, 13.0.0.0.0, 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.

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TTNG Are coming to America & Canada for tour with Tera Melos

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TTNG are happy to announce their upcoming USA & Canadian tour dates with Sargent House label mates Tera Melos.

SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS HERE

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

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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.  13.0.0.0.0  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.

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Zero Core Feature

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TTNG in Zero Core click here to read full frame on page 27 of the Issu.


TTNG & BIRTHMARK Tour starts on January 31st

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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 

SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS AND UPDATES HERE

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An open letter from Henry regarding the name change to TTNG

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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.”

High-fives and goodtimes,

Hank