For the uninitiated, This Town Needs Guns are an Oxford-based five-piece who have been described in their plaudits as one of the country’s most exciting prospects. This, their second single, is a double-A-side and download-only affair, and one that further reinstates their place as one of rock’s most-wanted.
Working under the proviso of less is more, ‘And I'll Tell You For Why’ starts with very little bombast. The now trademark drawn-out vocals from Stuart Smith are here set to a pace of juddering rhythms and some noodling guitar work. It sounds too quiet for This Town Needs Guns, and it’s inevitable that they’re up to something. Then, from out of nowhere, they strike, with a crescendo that sees the guitar cranked up to 11. It quite literally drowns out the other instruments, and is the heaviest thing This Town Needs Guns have recorded yet. In other words, it’s quite simply brilliant.
‘Wanna come back to my room and listen to some Belle & Sebastian?’ is a typical This Town Needs Guns A-side (read: excellent), drawing from the piano-heavy sound of their successful and very-sold-out 2006 single ‘Hippy Jam Fest’. Stuart Smith’s impressive vocal range is employed throughout, before subsiding for the purely instrumental tower of guitar noise of the song’s climax.
It’s not hard to see why this Oxford-quintet are hotly tipped for success with songs like these – seriously, This Band Needs Praise!
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