This Town Needs Guns change name
2013-01-24 by William Lim | 46 Comments
Oxford math rock band This Town Needs Guns have officially made the decision to change their name to the acronym "TTNG". Frontman Harry Tremain has officially released two statements regarding the change: a notice on their official webpage, and an open letter on their Tumblr. Tremain explained that, being from Oxford, the group chose the name for its "ironic statement" since the UK is a location in which guns are few amongst the general populace under the law: "ordinarily, our police force do not even carry guns", says Tremain.

However, the increasing international popularity of This Town Needs Guns has made it clear that the ironic nature of the name may not be implicit in other countries, and the band seeks to separate their integrity from any violent implications. The statements also cited reasons such as "the controversy over gun ownership in the US as well as tragic shootings there and elsewhere in the world" and "sever[ing] the link between the old material and the new and remove it from being seen as the progression that it is as a whole body of work".

This Town Needs Guns most recently released their follow-up to the acclaimed debut Animals on the 22nd of January, entitled 13.0.0.0.0.

Read the full statements at:
- http://thistownneedsguns.com/
- http://thistownneedsguns.tumblr.com/post/41309330755/an-open-letter-from-henry-regarding-the-name-change-to
Tagged: TTNG

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013
28660 Comments


cool news

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foxxxythnksustnk
January 24th 2013
2132 Comments


FUK

tommygun
January 24th 2013
24989 Comments


seriously though like why are so many people such sensitive bitches that the band felt compelled to do this

Dan3490
January 24th 2013
9 Comments


My Last.fm is now fucked.

dimsim3478
January 24th 2013
5186 Comments


^YES FUCKED

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henryChinaski
January 24th 2013
2799 Comments


Oh cmon...

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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013
996 Comments


Oh wow. The world is such an over-sensitive bitch.

iwasnvrurbf
January 24th 2013
626 Comments


I doubt people will stop calling then This Town Needs Guns, and I'm not changing my tags. Lastfm be darned

InfamousGrouse
January 24th 2013
3540 Comments


it's funny how DM bands seem to thrive off that kind of publicity, whatever, TTNG is a worse name, it'd have been better if they changed it altogether.

Captain North
January 24th 2013
6791 Comments


I don't think it's that people are overly sensitive, I think it's that people are dumb and the band doesn't want to seem like they endorse violence or guns.

DallyLama
January 24th 2013
1074 Comments


FUCKING TRANSCENDING MANNN!!!

eleventhsun
January 24th 2013
1475 Comments


Yup. Welcome to the generation of epic, sensitive pussies.

When I was 12-13 my music idols killed themselves, were murdered and died of heroin overdoeses.

These days the kids cut themselves for Bieber smoking pot.

This is the generation that will destroy all of the hard work fought against censorship in the 80s-90s.

Capablanca
January 24th 2013
208 Comments


My Last.fm is now fucked.[2]

dimsim3478
January 24th 2013
5186 Comments


it'd have been better if they changed it altogether. [2]

JrmyPrks
January 24th 2013
307 Comments


I don't think so. I think it's a smart way to handle the problem, without causing a huge rift (Last.fm users notwithstanding..).

This generation is pathetic. Seriously. I blame social networking / the media. I mean, if morons weren't so easily riled up and then wren't given the means to cause a national stir in a matter of seconds, this wouldn't be such a problem.

/rant.

Killerhit
January 24th 2013
5254 Comments


well this sux

I'm never gonna recognize them ever again

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013
9049 Comments


This is just illogical

climactic
January 24th 2013
19440 Comments


stupid

iamSeraph
January 24th 2013
865 Comments


retarded as fuck

ZilbelPing
January 24th 2013
6162 Comments


Funny how we're discussing over-censorship in my bio class.

fuck. Still calling them This Town Needs Guns.

Hospital
January 24th 2013
2061 Comments


love your avatar zibel, love that short

sportsboy
January 24th 2013
640 Comments


OH MY GOD THIS GENERATION SO HORRIBLE

can we please realize that there have been fear-mongering idiots throughout time and it isn't exclusive to 2013

(this town needs guns is definitely a better name btw)

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ILJ
January 24th 2013
6712 Comments


So fucking stupid.

TomAkaVeto
January 24th 2013
1662 Comments


If anything, they should have pulled a Fear Before and changed their name to This Town. TTNG is just retarded because it's not even pronounceable, so everyone will still call them This Town Needs Guns...

ILJ
January 24th 2013
6712 Comments


You don't pronounce it, you say the letters, just as you would BBNG.

theshelfmaster
January 24th 2013
221 Comments


but like it was a shitty band name to begin with so whatever

UnnamedOcean
January 24th 2013
3971 Comments


I have no problem with this. TTNG is still This Town Needs Guns to me. Only thing that changes is the title on their T-shirts. Same thing with Harvard changing to HRVRD and MGMT.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013
22014 Comments


the thing with this though

is that TTNG is still derived from "This Town Needs Guns"

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Spec
January 24th 2013
27190 Comments


Always hated their name for the same reason.

HenchmanOfSanta
January 24th 2013
1884 Comments


Choosing not to be associated with something shitty isn't the same as censorship you dumbfucks.

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JordanS
January 24th 2013
319 Comments


This is so fucking retarded.

Strider
January 24th 2013
4598 Comments


That's no reason to change a band name. plus, it's a cool name, so I'm not happy with this

Emim
January 24th 2013
26646 Comments


All name changes have to go through a mod. They should speak with Dev first.

demigod!
January 24th 2013
44727 Comments


Still gonna call them This Town Needs Guns. they didn't even change their name, they just acronized it. damn poserz

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bloc
January 24th 2013
34927 Comments


This is just an acronym of their old name. Who the hell still won't call them This Town Needs Guns?

demigod!
January 24th 2013
44727 Comments


"Still gonna call them This Town Needs Guns. they didn't even change their name, they just acronized it."

:p

Mickeymau5
January 24th 2013
1614 Comments


this town needs waterguns

RivalSkoomaDealer
January 24th 2013
852 Comments


People might confuse this with TNGHT

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JohnFire
January 24th 2013
200 Comments


Tittys N' G's

KjSwantko
January 24th 2013
9443 Comments


Officially a pussy band.

Storm In A Teacup
January 24th 2013
13161 Comments


Pussies.

Apollo
January 25th 2013
10336 Comments


Pussies [2]



Chortles
January 25th 2013
17999 Comments


that is really gay

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oltnabrick
January 25th 2013
31116 Comments


this town needs guns, and im going to give it to them

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SadAndHolyGlow
February 15th 2013
1526 Comments


I knew this was going to happen for all of the disclosed reasons.

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SadAndHolyGlow
February 15th 2013
1526 Comments


Yeah, but seriously. These guys should not be afraid of their name being mildly controversial. It's not even a direct political statement. Didn't Massive Attack do something like this, too?



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