TTNG, formerly This Town Needs Guns, have gone through a variety of changes over the years including threading the dangerous path of taking on a new vocalist after Stu Smith departed due to family commitments. Taking his place is Henry Tremain, who took no time in winning over the crowd with his witty banter, causing even the most serious in the crowd to break out in laughter with his good humoured chats between songs whilst tuning up and impressing even more with an engaging falsetto attack during them.
Playing through a variety of new and old material, Tremain proves he’s a perfect fit to the line up, keeping true to Smith’s original vocal abilities whilst showcasing his touch with Cat Fantastic and Left Aligned. Backed by the musical machine that is the Collis brothers on drums and guitar, TTNG’s latest line up has evolved beyond expectation. Tim Collis takes to his six strings in a manner that defies belief. Honestly, the blur of finger tapping wizardry defies any laws of reality, particularly when hammering out the insane chorus section from Adventure, Stamina & Anger.
The only downside to the gig is that thanks to TTNG’s frequent guitar changes and complex tunings, the break in between songs lessens their playing time, bringing the gig to a halt just short of double figures. Although with the intricacy of the music and length of each track, this is almost a moot point to make.
The Workman’s feels like the perfect fit for the band, intimate and secure, with the crowd huddled up at the front of the stage, yet a look behind you showcased a half full venue. A surprisingly intimate crowd for a band with more than a handful of material released.
Though the set was short, the crowd was not left for wanting, closing on 26 Is Dancier Than 4, TTNG prove that they have honed their skills through relentless touring to bring forward a live sound that far surpasses their studio productions. The highest compliment you can probably give any act.