TTNG - Animals (as This Town Needs Guns) (Cover Artwork)


TTNG: Animals (as This Town Needs Guns)Animals (as This Town Needs Guns) (2009)
Sargent House

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Sargent House seem to be cornering the market on math rock, but This Town Needs Guns is one of their finest finds yet. Picking up the U.S. release for the UK band's debut full-length, Animals, this is just the type of delicate and emotional, intricately woven songs that all of us hailing Look Mexico.

Sargent House seem to be cornering the market on math rock, but This Town Needs Guns is one of their finest finds yet. Picking up the U.S. release for the UK band's debut full-length, Animals, this is just the type of delicate and emotional, intricately woven songs that all of us hailing Look Mexico for can get fully behind.

Usually when using the term "pleasant," all one can think of is dreamy songs with a fairly alluring mood, but failing to rise too far above that. Animals tends to break that mold, with songs that are certainly pleasant on the surface, but so complex and subtly dynamic throughout that they require attention and observation to reward the listener in the process.

Frontman Stuart Smith, with only vocals as his duty, is also utilized much more as a singer than American Football would employ Mike Kinsella, or how often Matt Agrella sang on This Is Animal Music. He adds a new level of emotion to the proceedings while consistently refraining from getting too earnest or overbearing.

This release also shuffles the track listing of the UK release a bit (as well as adding two pretty great bonus tracks of older material), meaning the emphasized lines of the unwinding "Gibbon" make an earlier impact as Smith strains, "Once more in to breaches I cannot gap. / One more chance to second guess your thoughts. / My friends said that you would be a tough nut to crack. / Come back, let's settle this up�?�" These personal, effectual lyrics are a highlight if you're sure to follow along with Smith's thoughts and feelings.

There's been plenty of comparisons to fellow Oxford finger-tappers Foals, but it's sort of misleading. Foals are entirely more energetic and dancier, whereas TTNG seem content to linger and float for much of Animals.

Animals certainly isn't perfect. All the songs seem to operate in the same exact style of shifting, time signature-fucked tempos, and consequently, the pacing is practically glacial. You tend to wait for the "wow" moment that rarely jumps out.

Nonetheless, Animals is a rather solid and linear debut, and one should largely find nothing but satisfaction in these tricky, twisting and turning tracks.

If I Sit Still, Maybe I'll Get Out of Here [bonus track]
26 Is Dancier Than 4 [bonus track]


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inagreendase (May 8, 2009)

The vocals on this are way more enjoyable than M & A's. ur crazy

SilentStorms (April 1, 2009)

I'd never heard of these guys ... but this shit was fucking amazing!!! Thanks for the review! It was like Dakota Dakota with the Strokes vocals. Can't argue with that! Love it!

givemeamuseumandillfillit (March 30, 2009)

I fucking love Waxwing and Cap n Jazz, but this band is just bad. Dude who's jockin' em, have you seen 'em live? They're terrible.

wearestillalive (March 30, 2009)

Hah, it's weird, I have no problem with his voice whatsoever. Maybe you guys aren't used to english voices? I dunno.

xshoutoutx (March 30, 2009)


I haven't heard waxwing (?), but I am a very big fan of Votolato's solo stuff, and I don't hear any of that in this. The music itself is decent mathy stuff, but the guys voice is insufferable.

Blackjaw_x (March 29, 2009)

Shoutout and Rugget... I guess you never got into Rocky Votolato? Or his band, Waxwing? Shame.

xshoutoutx (March 29, 2009)

I usually love Kinsella influenced music... but this dudes voice is horrible

Blackjaw_x (March 29, 2009)

This is one of the best bands I have heard in ages. It's like Rocky Votolato singing over Cap'n Jazz, Make Believe or Algernon Cadwallader playing at their very best. Easy 5 stars.

RondoMondo (March 28, 2009)

Good shit. I think this will be on loop for a while.

Laurier (March 28, 2009)

I'm a big Maps & Atlases fan but i really don't think of this as that similar. Also everyone should check out Tera Melos.

wearestillalive (March 27, 2009)

I'm yet to get in to maps & atlases, heard one good ep and one ep that was a bit shit, really.

danperrone (March 27, 2009)

the split with cats and cats and cats is 1000000x better. this album is the opposite of dynamic...it's the same shit for forty minutes!

hellxblazer (March 27, 2009)

Score is for these guys, Battles, and Cats and Cats and Cats.

rugget (March 27, 2009)

I like the music, but the vocals are too much for me. I would recommend Maps and Atlases instead.

wearestillalive (March 27, 2009)

For anyone who likes this, I reccomend their split with Cats And Cats And Cats, the record the two bonus tracks are off and probably a better record than this. Cats are also a really great band.

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