This Town Needs Guns – 126.96.36.199.0 (2013)
This Town Needs Guns are a band from the UK, formed in 2004 and here returning with their second album.
I didn’t really enjoy this album. The vocals are reminiscent at times of a band such as Coldplay or Travis and sometimes Paul Weller in The Jam, while the guitar is mostly jangly indie-rock; there are certainly some interesting turns in the guitars, with a seemingly strong jazz influence, especially in the way vocals and guitar interact on for example opening track, Cat Fantastic. There is also a lot of math-rock style riffs, which is more interesting to listen to than most indie rock/pop; however, I feel that overall I found the album a little boring.
Despite that, there are two tracks which I really did enjoy, Nice Riff Clichard is a complete departure from the rest of the album, forming a sort of dream-pop instrumental over trip-hop beats, which I found particularly engaging and would happily listen to a whole album of, though the track is tragically short; and +3 Awesomeness Repels Water, probably the most math-rock outing, which somehow elevates itself above the rest of the album.
Overall, this album isn’t for me, but I think a lot of people will like it, so perhaps give it a go.
Favourite tracks: Nice Riff Clichard, +3 Awesomeness Repels Water, Triptych