Radar Tip Of The Day 27: Towns

We first heard Bristol fourpiece Towns the old school way – some randomer posting stuff about them on an internet forum.

Now, normally that sort of thing only ever ends in disaster: the band are total shit, the poster gets accused of being in the band, everyone loses it and precious minutes of petty lives are wasted.

Photo: Press

But not so this time. Like a baggier, bubblegummier version of Yuck, the Bristol fourpiece were a pleasant surprise. That they also recall Five Thirty – AKA the long-lost early 90s band who ‘invented Britpop four years too early’ – is a welcome oddity, sort of. Never thought I’d be writing about Five Thirty for NME.

Anyway, Towns made their maiden trip to London last night, their single launch for the excellent ‘Fields’ taking place at The Good Ship in Kilburn. Me and the other twenty people or so in attendance had a right hoot, while the singer ended up finishing their set by crawling around the floor and throwing his guitar into the wall.

‘Fields’ is the A-side (vid below) of their single, but personally I prefer this one, ‘Heads Off’:

They’re playing Dot To Dot in Bristol on May 28 and Bath’s Fringe Festival three days later. Catch ’em.