Disappointment Island Out July 8, 2016 on Sargent House
US Tour Announced
Photo Credit: Nick Sayers
Oxford, UK’s TTNG (formerly known as This Town Needs Guns) released a new track today from their upcoming full-length Disappointment Island today, out July 8, 2016 on Sargent House. AV Club premiered “Coconut Crab” with a lengthy breakdown of the making of the track from bassist/vocalist Henry Tremain as well as the demos which provides incredible insight into how the track was written.
Disappointment Island is now available for pre-order via Sargent House and the band will embark on a full US tour in July with support from label mates LITE (all tour dates below).
Comprised of Tim Collis on guitar and his brother Chris Collis on drums, TTNG’s lineup is completed by vocalist Henry Tremain, who also assumed bass duties after the recording of their last album, 2013’s 188.8.131.52.0. Turning their attention to the studio in late 2015, TTNG decamped to the American Midwest, ground zero for the kind of articulated alternative rock they themselves have been mastering for a decade. Recorded live to tape over 10 days at Chicago’s legendary Electrical Audio studios by Greg Norman (Mclusky, Russian Circles, Pelican, etc.), and mastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston, Disappointment Island proves that the band’s success comes from their ability to write songs whose appeal endures well after the sheer awe of their technical prowess subsides.
TTNG have created an album filled with solemn subject matter where, much like the disparity between the name and setting of Disappointment Island (a real and beautifully unspoiled locale in the Pacific Ocean), the lyrical themes stand in stark contrast to the exciting, propellant music the trio creates together. The trio recall confessed influences such as the Kinsella brothers’ numerous projects (American Football, Make Believe, Cap’n Jazz) and a familiarity with Dischord Records groups such as Jawbox and Shudder to Think, but the way TTNG fuses these inspirations with their virtuosity results in something utterly unique.
TTNG have existed in several incarnations and have found success in each, but their current evolution pushes what has always made the band great into new and exciting territories. Disappointment Island is TTNG’s most poignant, deliberate accomplishment, successfully arriving at a place that is simultaneously authentic and reverential.
Disappointment Island Track List
01) Coconut Crab
02) A Chase of Sorts
03) Consoling Ghosts
04) In Praise of Idleness
05) Whatever, Wherever
06) Bliss Quest
07) There’s No ‘I’ in Time
08) Destroy the Tabernacle!
09) Sponkulus Nodge
10) Empty Palms
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
* LITE supporting
! also with GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!