This Town Needs Guns

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Background information
OriginOxford, England, UK
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, math rock, emo, progressive rock
Years active2004–present
LabelsSargent House, Big Scary Monsters
MembersHenry Tremain
Tim Collis
Chris Collis
Stuart Smith
Past membersJamie Cooper
Dan Adams
Jody Prewitt

TTNG (formerly known as This Town Needs Guns) is a British rock band from Oxford, formed in 2004, and currently signed to the American label Sargent House Records. Their debut full-length album, Animals, was released in the UK via Big Scary Monsters Recording Company in October, 2008 and shortly after in the US via Sargent House Records.[1] Following numerous departures, the band went from being a four-piece to a trio, featuring Henry Tremain on bass and lead vocals, Tim Collis on guitar and his brother Chris Collis on drums. They have released four studio albums, as well as numerous EPs and singles.


The band formed in 2004 in Oxford. The original lineup consisted of Stuart Smith on rhythm guitar and vocals, Tim Collis on lead guitar, Simon Thompson on drums and Ian Lewis on bass. Thompson and Lewis left the band in 2005, to be replaced by Dan Adams on bass (replaced by Jamie Cooper after the recording of Animals in 2008) and Matt Bennington on drums (replaced by Chris Collis, brother of guitarist Tim, in 2006). In their earlier careers, bassist Jamie Cooper had worked as a graphic designer, drummer Chris Collis had been a librarian at the University of Oxford, guitarist Tim Collis was a primary school teacher, and lead vocalist Stuart Smith worked building websites for a publisher.[1] On 11 May 2011, it was announced on This Town Needs Guns' website that lead singer Stuart Smith would be leaving the band to start a family, and that he would be replaced by Pennines' singer and guitarist Henry Tremain. Bassist Jamie Cooper also left the band in late 2011 to focus on a career in graphic design. Tremain has since taken over on bass guitar duties, converting the band into a power trio.

On 14 September 2012, the first track from the second album, entitled "Cat Fantastic" was released on digital streaming platforms.[2] The album was released on January 22 2013.

Their third album, Disappointment Island, was released in July 2016.[3]

In 2017, the whole band was arrested in Hong Kong during an immigration raid on the final show of their tour.

In July 2018, the band announced a 10-year anniversary tour of Animals, in which Smith would be returning to the band to play with them for the first time in seven years. In October of that year, an acoustic version of the album entitled Animals Acoustic was released.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Over the years the band's musical style has progressed and changed, although the focal point of their style has been the guitar work of Tim Collis interspersed with, at points, highly complex drumming and sparse, melodic bass. Early releases however, featured more distorted chord progressions, as well as a strong focus on the interlinking melodies of both Collis and Smith's guitars. More recently however, the band's music has become more technical; making more use of asymmetrical time signatures and complex accenting between guitar and drums, plus an abandonment of distortion and guitar effects, giving way to more complex melodies.[citation needed] The Sydney Morning Herald describes the band's music as having "intricate pop guitar work, with a touch of jazz and Spanish influences".[4] The band is considered to be part of the genre of math rock.

The band cites influences of other bands such as Owls, American Football and Make Believe.[5]

Name change[edit]

With the release of the band announced that they would be calling themselves TTNG. They stated that the name was ironic because guns are hardly present in their hometown of Oxford, and the UK in general. Now that the band is more known around the world, the name is no longer clearly ironic.[6]




  • First Demo (2003)
  • Split CD with Cats and Cats and Cats (Big Scary Monsters - 2007)
  • This Town Needs Guns (Yellow Ghost - 2008, Rallye - 2008)



Current members[edit]

  • Tim Collis - guitar (2004–present)
  • Stuart Smith - vocals, guitar (2004-2011, 2018-present)
  • Chris Collis - drums, percussion (2006–present)
  • Henry Tremain - vocals (2011-present), bass (2012–present), guitar (2011-2012)

Former members[edit]

  • Simon Thompson - drums (2004-2005)
  • Ian Lewis - bass (2004-2005)
  • Matt Bennington - drums (2005-2006)
  • Dan Adams - bass, trumpet (2005-2008)
  • Jody Prewett - piano, guitar (2008, contributed with additional guitars and piano on This Town Needs Guns and Animals)
  • Jamie Cooper - bass, backing vocals (2008-2012)

Touring members[edit]

  • Chris Baker (from the band Tyrone) - bass (2012)
  • Henry Kohen (from the band Mylets) - bass (2016-2018)
  • Garrett Karp - trumpet, piano, percussion (2018-present)



  1. ^ a b Solomon, Blake (12 October 2008). "This Town Needs Guns – Interview", AbsolutePunk. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  2. ^ "Listen to 'Cat Fantastic'". The Four Oh Five. 14 September 2012.
  3. ^ Dedman, Remfry (5 July 2016). "TTNG – Disappointment Island: Exclusive Album Stream". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (25 July 2009). "Pass the sugar", The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  5. ^ Yates, Ben (September 2008). "DiScover: This Town Needs Guns", Drowned in Sound. Retrieved on 2008-12-27.
  6. ^ Kaye, Ben (22 January 2013). "This Town Needs Guns change name to TTNG". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
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