TTNG Nashville live review // Highlight Magazine

photos by Andrea Schollnick

It’s a humid night in Nashville as TTNG steps on stage, patiently preparing to start the show. The crowd stares toward the group, anticipating the frantic fingering and snazzy riffs they have come to know and love from their favorite British math-rockers. As TTNG melds into their zone, the club becomes vibrant. Then almost as soon as the first song ends, silence falls across the crowd, but the energy still buzzes over the crowd, intently focused and waiting for the next tune.

“You guys are quiet,” singer Henry Tremain jokes while tuning his six-string bass.

Almost instantly his words are met with deafening screams and scattered woos.

“No that’s a good thing!” Tremain chuckles. “It means you’re paying attention.”

 

A “Fuck Yeah!” is launched from the back of the crowd, validating Tremain’s comments.

The upbeat demeanor and pleasantries of TTNG reflect that this isn’t their first rodeo, and that the boys cherish their career and workspaces. Having just released their third record, Disappointment Island, the band feels more comfortable than ever, and feels that not much has changed when the traditional narrative of a new album assumes otherwise.

TTNG Los Angeles live review // Grimy Goods

Words & Photography: Danielle Gornbein

TTNG, formerly known as This Town Needs Guns came on stage. These Oxford gents were cheered on by fans of all ages. Frontman Henry Tremain takes on lead melodic vocals and bass, while brothers Tim and Chris Collis cover guitar and drums. The three-piece prove top of their game when it comes to technical stylings. Beginning their set with a track from their recent album release Disappointment Island, TTNG were just warming up. The set didn’t even get to track number three before they broke a guitar string. Taking the time to grab a new one, fans anxiously stood by waiting for this magic to continue. They really are just that, magical. From any spot in the crowd, you caught people swaying with their eyes closed, hands up to the ceiling, even some tears being shed… all the feels were present.

Disappointment Island is TTNG’s third full-length studio album and most definitely not the last. These guys take such pride in their work and it shows through their deliverance. Well done, gents.

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TTNG’s “Disappointment Island” is out today

TTNG’s third album, Disappointment Island, is out today. You can find it in LP & CD (US $ - ships worldwide, UK £ - ships to UK/EU) or digital formats (iTunes, Spotify).

TTNG will be touring the US in just a few weeks, kicking off in San Francisco on July 21st. After playing their last show on the US run, the band flies back to the UK for ArcTanGent Festival and a show with toe, Steve Strong, and Yonen in Dublin. All tour dates can be found below - tickets are available HERE.

TTNG Disappointment Island Tour 2016

Jul-21 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Jul-22 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jul-23 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
Jul-24 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
Jul-26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Jul-27 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul-28 El Paso, TX @ 5points Patio #
Jul-29 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
Jul-30 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder #
Jul-31 Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower #
Aug-02 Nashville, TN @ High Watt *
Aug-03 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory) *
Aug-04 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
Aug-05 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Aug-06 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall *!
Aug-07 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
Aug-09 Boston, MA @ Great Scott * !
Aug-10 Hamden, CT @ The Space !
Aug-11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose #
Aug-12 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme #
Aug-13 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean #

Aug-18 Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent Festival
Aug-20 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory w/toe, Steve Strong, Yonen

# MYLETS supporting
* LITE supporting
! GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! supporting

See what people are saying about the album below - 

“TTNG take their care and sorrow into intelligent orchestrations that embrace complex patterns and don’t take them too far. They let them ride out into this realm of calm and deliberate palettes, making Disappointment Island more fun to be around.” - New Noise Magazine, 4/5

“TTNG has always been one of the few math-rock bands to have an innate sense of melody—something that’s improved after playing with the likes of American Football and rubbed off on tourmates like Tera Melos—and jams like “Coconut Crab” suggest that maybe there’s a benefit to knowing all that music theory.” - A.V. Club

 

TTNG announces US tour

TTNG have just announced a full US tour in support of their upcoming album, Disappointment Island. LITE will be playing direct support on select dates. Then TTNG returns to the UK to play ArcTanGent Festival.

Disappointment Island will be…

Noisey announces new TTNG album, premieres “A Chase of Sorts”

The first time I met Henry Tremain it was 2004, the year TTNG formed. Back then, the Oxford-formed “math-rockers” were known as This Town Needs Guns and Henry wasn’t in the band—he was simply answering an ad for a spare room in the house I lived in in Norwich. He was wearing a Braid pin, so I figured he was alright and let him move in. We lived together that year, and he started playing in a local band called Saleontomorrow. I was running a local zine called Backlashat the time, and released the band’s first EP as a cover mount. After a year, I moved to London, and some 12 months later he moved into a spare room that opened up. We spent about five years there, in which time he started playing in a band called Pennines before joining This Town Needs Guns as vocalist, replacing original singer Stuart Smith. Soon after, he moved back to Norwich in order to be able to afford to be the band, and I moved to New York. Since then, the trio—completed by brothers Tim and Chris Collis (guitars and drums, respectively)—have been over to the US a number of times and it’s a sheer joy to see them play to an increasingly devoted fan base. The release of the band’s third full-length, Disappointment Island, seemed like a good excuse to catch up with my old friend and see what’s up and what’s changed for him since he joined the band—besides the band name and the lineup, obviously.

Listen to a song from the album, “A Chase of Sorts”, and read an interview with Henry Tremain HERE.