Wednesday 23 January 2013, 10:30 | By Andy Malt
This Town Needs Guns shorten name
Indie band This Town Needs Guns have announced that from now onwards they will be known as TTNG, as the suggestion that their town, or any town, requires firearms has become less humorous as they become better known, and particularly in the wake of the recent gun control debate in the US
In a statement, the band said: “As a band originating in Oxford, UK, ‘This Town Needs Guns’ was simply a name chosen by a group of friends wanting to make music together. At the time, this name was not considered particularly offensive and indeed was an ironic statement given the setting of such a historic and cultural city as Oxford”.
They continued: “However, eight years on, things have changed. With our music now finding new cultures, the irony of the name is no longer implicit. Also, in light of the controversy over gun ownership in the US, as well as tragic shootings there and elsewhere in the world, we want to distance ourselves from a band name which we are now uncomfortable with”.
The name change comes slightly too late to apply to the artwork of the band’s new album, ‘126.96.36.199.0’, which was released this week via Sargeant House.