This Town Needs Guns – Animals
Big Scary Monsters
Following their stunning split release last year with label mates Cats And Cats And Cats (Reviewed HERE), expectations are sky high for This Town Needs Guns' debut long-player. Given the immaculate quality filter possessed by Big Scary Monsters, Animals was never likely to disappoint, but you still can't help but be pleasantly taken aback by the jaw-dropping beauty of one of the most intricately crafted albums of the year.
Straight off the bat 'Chinchilla' is a gorgeous cacophony of Don Caballero-esque math-rock guitars and the wonderfully vulnerable vocals of Stuart Smith, the delightful shimmering guitars of 'Baboon' provides Animals standout moment, while the subdued brass led 'Elk' allows the band to take foot of the gas for a split second.
Hailing from Oxford - the famously academic city that brought us the likes of Radiohead and Foals - it's not difficult to believe This Town Needs Guns could be next in line to rise from the local scene and onto international prominence given the fact that for all of its cerebral inclinations, Animals is an album with strong pop-leanings running proudly through its heart.
Emerging from a genre once dominated by US acts like American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, Animals is further proof that the British bands are rapidly taking over. Utterly breathtaking.