Release Date: Jul 8, 2016
Record label: Sargent House
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
In the last few years, Oxford, UK act TTNG have trimmed their members from four to three and their name from an ironic but distasteful This Town Needs Guns to these less unfortunate initials. Thankfully, their first album as a triad keeps to the same math rock path that first made them a prog rock favourite.The longest track, "Whatever, Whenever," showcases the best of TTNG: dextrous and experimental strings, sparing reverb and Henry Tremain's falsetto, matched to complex guitar picking that's at once impenetrable and calming. They keep to the formula, with pleasing results.
The band formerly known as This Town Needs Guns first came together in Oxford, England in the mid-aughts, and the bandmembers were poking fun at the city's low crime rate when they named the group. Frustrated with years of having the name mistaken as literal sentiment, but wanting continuity, they abbreviated the handle to TTNG for their third LP, Disappointment Island. The album also features a streamlined lineup of singer/guitarist Henry Tremain, lead guitarist Tim Collis, and drummer Chris Collis, their first as a trio.
National morale isn’t great at the moment. A vast majority of young adults nationwide feel dismayed and unheard in the wake of last Friday’s shocking referendum result, whilst yet another frustrating early depart from an international football tournament added politically unbiased fuel to the fire on Monday. Even the fucking weather is being defiantly British and staying well away from that continental sun.