TTNG (This Town Needs Guns), Great Deceivers
1042 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32803
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Tera Melos is a three - piece band from Northern California consisting of Nick Reinhart (guitars, programming, vocals), Nathan Latona (bass) and newest member John Clardy (drums) Incorporating experimental rock, ambient electronics and unconventional song structure all in one to create their original brand of music characterized by their quickly alternating time signatures, start-stop dynamics, two-handed tapping, extended open-ended bridges, and the use of effect pedals and samplers. Tera Melos has 4 releases to date, including their most recent EP called Idioms Vol I, a 5 song covers album clocking in at under 9 minutes that the band has made a free download. Complex Full of Phantoms a full length split with By the End of Tonight released in 2007, on Temporary Residence. Drugs to the Dear Youth, a 5 Song EP all instrumental album released in 2007 on Sargent House. Their debut LP which is untitled was also re-issued in 2008 by Sargent House. Recently, Nick Reinhart (guitar, vocals) is also in a band with Zach Hill called Bygones, together they will be releasing their debut full length called by- on June 23, 2009 also on Sargent House.
TTNG (This Town Needs Guns)
"This Town Needs Guns sound stylish, sussed and like reformed mathcore men Minus The Bear covering seminal Mancunian miserablists The Smiths. Good, in other words." -- Kerrang
Oxford, England's This Town Needs Guns has always been known for walking a tightrope line between pop melody and technical precision. But, their sophomore album, 220.127.116.11.0 finds the band blurring the lines so masterfully that their intricate, spindling guitar lines and soaring pop hooks reach unforeseen apexes. And, so it's fitting that the band titled their new album after esoteric means of counting: 18.104.22.168.0 referring to the Mayan calendar's Long Count indicating the beginning (August 11, 3114 BCE) and ending (December 21, 2012) of the current creation.
22.214.171.124.0 is their first album featuring their new vocalist Henry Tremain following the amicable departure of former lead singer Stuart Smith in 2011. This lineup shows considerable growth and cohesion with Tim Collis' signature bluegrass style finger-picking electric guitar lines weaving around brother and drummer Chris Collis' stop 'n' go syncopated rhythms as Tremain's rich vocals glide across the proceedings. But it's the band's earnest songwriting that really shines herein.
This Town Needs Guns have stayed true to their sound rather than chasing pop payoff like many of their contemporaries. The result is a leaner, stronger version of themselves similar to the way kindred spirits Pinback and Grizzly Bear have honed unique identities over many years. Album opener "Cat Fantastic" kicks things off at a spritely pace with an incredibly nimble clawhammer plucking guitar melody that sounds like a hybrid of Flatt & Scruggs crossed with Robert Fripp. But, it's the warmth to Tremain's voice and the song's hooky chord progression that makes it easy to forget the depth of musicianship on display throughout. Elsewhere, ethereal vocal melodies weave together with rapid-fire guitar and bass interplay on "Havoc In The Forum" and a sliced-up sounding drum pattern on "I'll Take The Minute Snake." Tremain's vocal acrobatics in "Left Aligned" reach stunning highs while slithering bass chords, fugue-like guitar notes and rollicking drums form a sturdy base. "126.96.36.199.1" perfectly closes the album with a chiming lullaby of interwoven piano and lightly plucked guitar notes.
The band's second record, available for purchase starting on August 1st, is a much more focused and deeply-rooted effort than the band's initial release. Collaboration in songwriting and attempts to break new personal ground were at the forefront of intentions during the rigorous writing and recording sessions of the album. Upon listening, this focus and attention to detail yields a surefooted sense of maturity too-fleetingly glimpsed on 2010's 'House of Stairs.' Challenging themselves to look beyond preconceived notions of accepted form and function of musical parts the band is very excited to present the fruit of their labor in the form of this 9-song odyssey into self-reflection, frustration, frenzied fear and the insatiable desire to grow and progress. 'Seasons In Reverse' pulls the listener into a realm of harmony, lyrical wit, confused passion and understated melody related in a wide range of musical dynamic.
Great Deceivers is Josh Dulcie (drums, percussion), Max Green (guitar, vocals), Tre Hester (guitar, vocals), and Ben Rudolph (bass, vocals). They have lent local support to notable acts like Deer Tick, Low, Bear Hands, Vetiver, Unwed Sailor, Sybris, Surferblood, The Ruby Suns, Flowers Forever, Tilly and the Wall, Neva Dinova, Viernes, Larkin Grimm, and Tim Easton.
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