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This Town Needs Guns Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (20 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B008HHTF9U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Now available on vinyl!! Oxford's This Town Needs Guns has been building an ever-growing fan base since the release of their debut album Animals in March 2009, which garnered critical acclaim from fans and press alike. Animals highlights the bands intricate balance between indie rock, catchy pop and technical prowess, all while ignoring the lure of special effects and studio wizardry. The highly anticipated debut, for fans of Maps and Atlases, Joan Of Arc, Cap n Jazz and Braid. Dreamy spires and Inspector Morse. Oxford's much more than a university city, it's a musical hotbed with a habit of producing important bands, capable of re-shaping genres and planting large markers in the sand. Radiohead with their illustrious career, arguably the most important band this country has seen in decades. Foals, taking intelligent, "math" pop to the masses. And now This Town Needs Guns, the darling buds of the thriving indie scene. Pushing to find that perfect balance between intricate indie rock and catchy pop, inspired by the increasingly influential Chicago indie scene and some of it's occupants (past and present) such as Owls, Don Caballero, Cap n Jazz, Maps and Atlases and more. Entering the studio in April 2008, TTNG set about recording their debut album, a collection of songs written since the release of 2007's acclaimed split EP with Cats And Cats And Cats, which featured their celebrated track, '26 Is Dancier Than 4'. Ignoring the lure of special effects and studio wizardry, 'Animals' was born. Pure, stripped down and allowing the clever songwriting to shine through for all to see, the phrase "accomplished musicians" barely scratches the surface. Tim Collis' guitar sounds as though it's being caressed by 6 hands as his brother, Chris, flings his sticks around the drum kit not wanting to leave any tiny patch un-touched. Bassist Dan Adams completes the rhythm section with his dancey, jazz influenced bass lines whilst Stuart Smith's vocals dip and soar, taking this record from thought provoking depths to sky-high triumphs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic :) 20 Jan 2010
By Shzni47
Format:Audio CD
Basically, this is a fantastic album which I would say is definatley worth buying. The only forseeable critiscism of this album that I think people may have is that it is all fairly similiar sounding stuff from song to song, however I think in this case, that this is no bad thing :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indefinable bliss ! 7 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
A friend asked me what type of music This Town Needs Guns play on Animals - and it's a really difficult question to answer! This British band has a sound all their own - inventive music with complex rhythms, delicious harmonies, abstract pulses of sound and a subtle jazz influence perhaps? Spine tingling music! And thoughtful lyrics which speak to the heart sometimes... The whole concoction could have turned out a horrible mess, but in my view, this album is indefinable bliss! Give it a listen & judge for yourself!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technically brilliant but... 4 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
The composition of the music on this album is absolutely superb; complex yet melodic which is what made me decide to buy this album in the end, after that first impression you find yourself having to listen to it a fair few times to appreciate individual tracks because it can sound abit samey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but repetitive? 17 Jun 2009
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
Really interesting music, but could be considered slightly samey. Some of the tracks are quite similar and hard to distinguish between.

But the tracks themselves are all excellent. A unique sound
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut By A Band On The Verge of Fame 15 Aug 2009
By K. Tarney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
or "should" be on the verge of fame. From the first track it's amazing musicianship on all parts of the frequency spectrum. Obviosuly Tim Collis's guitar playing which is just as amazing to watch as it is to hear is the first thing that draws most people to the band but every member takes the spotlight at sometime. Stuart Smith's vocal kick in at the end of the first measure of Pig making it an ideal first track and throughout the album we hear his beautiful, yet modestly soothing singing that tells tales of relationships, good, bad and everything in between. Being a Math Rock band means there are frequent time signature changes. Chris Collis' drumming pulls it off so gracefully it seems like it's too easy. With many Math Rock or Mathcore band's the time signature changes seem very erratic and punctuated, which isn't a bad thing but, idk, Chris Collis just does it better. Throughout the album also the bass peaks out it's head from behind the amazing lead guitar and often takes precedence particularly on more chord driven riffs.

I believe the greatest achievement of this album is that soothing, smooth chill-out music doesn't have to sound like Jason Mraz. It can be complex and have heavy drumming and still be relaxing.

Great news is that the band recently did their first show in America, in New York. Soon, maybe they'll do few more states. Perhaps Texas?? wink wink. If anyone from TTNG is reading this I have several friends that would definitely go see you guys play and then I'm sure there are several people I don't know that would definitely go
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! 2 Feb 2014
By BENJAMIN LUNDBERG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great album! Somewhere between prog, punk and hippie shred. Great combination of doodley oodleys, slidey shwideys and boop boop boops.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool 21 April 2013
By Scott Porcelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are a bunch of cool songs with a bunch of sweet parts. I really like the way the drummer plays and the guitarist's noodling. A math rock description feels like a stretch.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Town Needs Guns - Animals 15 Aug 2011
By BK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For over a year I've kept returning again and again to this album, and each time I listen This Town Needs Guns' songs they still feel fresh and exciting. The music is beautiful yet complex, a la Owls or American Football, but with better (read: in tune) vocals and more memorable melodies. The synergy between brothers Tim (guitar) and Chris (drums) Collis is palpable throughout, and the vocals of Stuart Smith manage to transform what would otherwise be overwhelming slabs of cerebral math rock into melodically-rich, even catchy, love songs. TTNG certainly have a sound--one that can be most directly traced back to the late '90s work of the Kinsella brothers--but I wouldn't say that they are entirely derivative; TTNG prefer brisker tempos and hammered-on guitar to the languid post-emo of the aforementioned Kinsellas' work. I'm looking forward to TTNG's future offerings; I hope to hear their sound develop to include a broader range of influences.
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals - CD Review 29 Sep 2010
By austinkihn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An incredible CD from This Town Needs Guns. Musically challenging while maintaining a soft and tender tone. A must-have for anyone who isn't deaf.
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