The Small Town Titans are an American rock n’ roll power trio from York, Pennsylvania who love to constantly create, as well as play live. Gone is the notion that a rock band should only release 10 songs at a time every 2 years. In a world where music fans crave new content constantly, the Small Town Titans aim to deliver their brand of art all of the time, drawing inspiration from a newer wave of rock bands such as Highly Suspect and Royal Blood, and rock legends such as the Foo Fighters, Audioslave, and Deep Purple. Thanks to their efforts at taking matters into their own hands, Small Town Titans can create and release songs, podcasts, live online concerts, and more with no rules. In a social media-driven world, Small Town Titans know releasing quality, constant content is as important as playing great live shows.
In November of 2018, the band’s cover of the Christmas song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” went viral in a matter of days, leading to charting on various Billboard charts including Holiday Digital Song Sales, Rock Digital Song Sales, Emerging Artists, and reaching #5 on the Next Big Sound chart. The song also reached #2 on the iTunes Rock charts, only being surpassed by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Small Town Titans quickly found themselves achieving success, all on their own terms. As a continued unsigned act, all three members have risen to the occasion to continue to make music the way they want to, free from having to follow traditional music industry rules. By changing their mindset and focus towards creating content like many successful YouTubers, Small Town Titans have made fans the old fashioned way, by word of mouth.
With no manager, label, or radio support, the Small Town Titans have managed to find success by simply never forgetting one thing: their fans, both new and old. Instead of trying to make a million fans, Small Town Titans are focusing on the fans they already have, and the ones they continue to make. With a love for playing live, a Small Town Titans show has evolved into more than a concert. It’s an event, with a set list that’s decided right before the show, and plenty of stage banter in between songs. The band simply hits the stage to deliver an energy driven show using guitars, drums, and their voices. Nothing more, nothing less. This approach to their live performances has led to them sharing the stage with acts such as Highly Suspect, Papa Roach, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, and more.
By focusing on their engagement on social media and managing themselves, Small Town Titans are growing like never before and having more success as a business and a brand. Small Town Titans are actively forming a team of like minded individuals in the new music business who are just as driven and passionate as they are, rather than waiting to be discovered. We had the opportunity to talk with the band’s dummer, Jonny Ross.
Small Town Titans were formed on May 4, 2011. We all met at school, Lebanon Valley College. I asked the guys to jam and the rest is history.
Behind the name:
The band’s name was something Phil came up with in middle school, and he just saved the name for a rainy day. It’s still pouring. (laughs)
Just about every song we’ve ever written is collaborative. Phil often ends up writing the lyrics, but there are no rules. If someone has an idea, and everyone digs it, away we go.
We like honest rock n’ roll, that sounds like rock n’ roll. We love bands with songs that sound like they were written in the garage. Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Royal Blood to name a few.
Inspiration behind their upcoming album, “The Ride”:
This album is a unique one for sure. We certainly weren’t expecting a pandemic when we began writing it. I’d say hope is the biggest theme throughout “The Ride”. There are no sad songs on this record, which is a first for us, and it’s not like that was done intentionally. It’s just how this record naturally came to be.
Describing the album in 5 words:
Our most focused work yet.
I think it was a blessing in disguise for us as far as making this record is concerned. We ended up being able to spend all of our time and energy on it solely because there’s no hitting the road right now!
We have been since September. Visit stt.band/live to catch our next live stream on Saturday, November 14, when we’ll be playing “The Ride” in its entirety for the first time ever!
The number 24 follows us around everywhere. I’m fully convinced that in 2024 we will be the biggest band in the world! (laughs) Also, Ben does not own a pair of jeans. Fact.
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