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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B00AIZ2HE4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"This Town Needs Guns sound stylish, sussed and like reformed mathcore men Minus The Bear covering seminal Mancunian miserablists The Smiths. Good, in other words." Kerrang // Oxford, England's This Town Needs Guns has always been known for walking a tightrope line between pop melody and technical precision. But, their sophomore album, 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: referring to the Mayan calendar's Long Count indicating the beginning (August 11, 3114 BCE) and ending (December 21, 2012) of the current creation. 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. This Town Needs Guns have stayed true to their sound rather than chasing pop payoff like many of their contemporaries. The result is a leaner, stronger version of themselves similar to the way kindred spirits Pinback and Grizzly Bear have honed unique identities over many years. Album opener "Cat Fantastic" kicks things off at a spritely pace with an incredibly nimble clawhammer plucking guitar melody that sounds like a hybrid of Flatt & Scruggs crossed with Robert Fripp. But, it's the warmth to Tremain's voice and the song's hooky chord progression that makes it easy to forget the depth of musicianship on display throughout. Elsewhere, ethereal vocal melodies weave together with rapid-fire guitar and bass interplay on "Havoc In The Forum" and a sliced-up sounding drum pattern on "I'll Take The Minute Snake." Tremain's vocal acrobatics in "Left Aligned" reach stunning highs while slithering bass chords, fugue-like guitar notes and rollicking drums form a sturdy base. "" perfectly closes the album with a chiming lullaby of interwoven piano and lightly plucked guitar notes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 23 Jan. 2013
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Having been a fan for a few years now, my expectations were high for this record. Luckily, I was not let down - stronger vocal melodies, lovely production and the usual insane instrumental work will please any TTNG/Math Rock fan in general. Any lingering skepticism I had about their first record as a 3 piece was immediately quelled as opener 'Cat Fantastic' paves the way for things to come. New vocalist Henry sounds great and the tapped melodies and frenetic drum work haven't taken any downturn as riffs plough through time signature changes with a beautifully familiar ease.

All in all, the record sounds more thought out and perhaps more rounded than previous releases. Definitely my favourite math rock album of the new year.
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This album is definitely listened to at it's best on summer days. 'Cat Fantastic' is especially one of my favourites, you can just sit back and relax. Definitely need more publicity.
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By SpikeT on 18 Jun. 2015
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Fantastic Album & really easy listening. Why did I not discover this band sooner?
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New Band, New Era, Still Talented 23 Jan. 2013
By NRW - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the Mayan calendar the cover depicts, the album marks a new start for TTNG after the loss of two members. Although they explore different styles of songwriting, this growth in a new direction is welcome, and does not lack any of the complexity that TTNG fans have grown to love. The album has a heavy feeling to it, not because it has a slow pace, but because of the way the songs are written as well as the lyrical content. The more prominent bass parts and Henry's take on vocals make a lot of the sounds sound like slow, ancient yet majestic beasts.

General reactions to each song, for those who crave more:
The album opens with "Cat Fantastic", a song style we are familiar with, but by its close we start to hear the role the bass plays in creating their new trademark sound.
"Havoc in the Forum" is pretty accurately described by its title. Frantic extended riffs are played over heavy bass and a thundering, stompy beat.
"Left Aligned" continues to explore this style (cue bass "chords"), while incorporating more rhythmic irregularities and classic TTNG volume swells/diminishes.
"Yggdrasil "is the first "short track" on this album. It succeeds in pounding weird electronics, a consistent bass riff and ambient noise into your head. By then end, the track is reduced to bass, revealing to the listener a melody they had been listening to all along without realizing it. I can't help but think of Tera Melos's short, more electronic tracks when listening.
By time we reach "Minute Snake" we feel acclimated to TTNGs new style, so in certain ways it seems more like an old familiar song than a new. The extended instrumental harmonic jam at the end helps reinforce this. That being said, it still retains the more in-your-face and march-like percussion that seems to feature.
"2 Birds" is the first of three acoustic tracks on this album and is probably the most like older songs such as "I'll forget about you throwing that rock...."
"Nice Riff, Clichard" has a similar feel to "Yggdrasil"....Tera Melos's Melody 1 anybody? Not that they sound the same, but its a cool comparison.
"Triptych" does a nice job of transitioning back to the more up-beat songs, alternating between sections with percussion and without. Following it, "Pymgy Polygamy" is the second acoustic track and perhaps the most intriguing to me; simple yet complex-giving an aura of mystery to something that the listener feels he/she already has "figured out."
"A Different Kind of Tall" and "+3 Awesomeness" close the album with a bang, and are real standout tracks. They represent a perfect marriage between a growth as a band and elements that long time TTNG fans will drool over (the guitar melodies are infectious). In fact, by time the final track hits, named after the album (or vice versa?), it seems more like an afterthought because the listener is still digesting the previous tracks. It is probably a good thing that the final track is so mellow....or else all of our brains would be burnt to a crisp instead of being moderately fried.
Amazing 27 Jan. 2014
By Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This vinyl is completely perfect. The record sleeve is a bit flimsy, but the record, itself, is beautiful and plays very nicely and cleanly.
Incredible 21 Mar. 2013
By Greg Athnos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase blew my mind. It's different than their previous work, but I Loved it the moment I played it. Easily one of the best CDs this year and I can't get it out of my head.
Different from their older albums but I like it! 3 Feb. 2013
By lizzyloo - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has a different feel from their past albums for any of you out there who have been following This Town Needs Guns... but I started liking it very quickly. Definitely worth listening to.
Fantastic! 14 Dec. 2014
By Caleb O - Published on Amazon.com
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I accidentally stumbled across this band on audio tree live's youtube page. After listening to one song I wanted more. I decided to buy the album and I was not disappointed. I love the complexity of their music. If you enjoy math rock or complex music, this band is worth your time.
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