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this town needs guns has always been known for walking a tightrope line between pop melody and technical precision. but, their sophomore album, 22.214.171.124.0 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: 126.96.36.199.0 referring to the mayan calendar's long count indicating the beginning (august 11, 3114 bce) and ending (december 21, 2012) of the current creation. 188.8.131.52.0 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.
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