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The Small Town Titans

Hometown: York, PA, USA
Genres: Rock n Roll, Hard Rock
Band Members: Phil Freeman – Bass/Lead Vocals, Ben Guiles – Guitar/Vocals, Jonny Ross – Drums/Vocals


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Phil Freeman – Vocals/Bass

Ben Guiles – Guitar

Jonny Ross – Drums

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 rock legends such as the Foo Fighters, Audioslave, and Deep Purple. Thanks to their efforts at taking matters into their own hands, STT can create and release songs, podcasts, live online concerts, and more with no rules. In a social media driven world, STT knows releasing quality, constant content for their fans is as important as playing great live shows.

The band was formed on May 4, 2011 at Lebanon Valley College, where Phil, Ben, and Jonny all met, and had finally decided to jam together towards the end of Phil’s senior year . Phil and Jonny had been close friends for years prior to the band’s first jam session, with Ben and Jonny also having known each other and staying in touch throughout school since freshman year. After playing together, it didn’t take long for the group to decide to start playing shows live locally. The name “Small Town Titans” had been in Phil’s back pocket for years, and he had finally found the band that fit the name. It didn’t take long for the group to grow a very loyal local fanbase, as they continued to hone their live performance chops, playing clubs on weekends and mixing their original material with covers of classic and modern rock songs. Soon after, the band began to take their career more seriously. They decided to hit the road full time, and began to release more material, and plenty of music videos.

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”. STT quickly found themselves achieving success, all on their own terms. That success continues into this decade with songs such as “The Man”, “Universal Limits” and “Rufflin’ Feathers” all landing on playlists such as Spotify’s Hard Rock, New Metal Tracks, and Hot Road Trip, Apple Music’s New in Rock, and YouTube Music’s Maximum Decibels.

As a newly signed act to AntiFragile Music, the band is releasing their first album with a record label, “The Ride”,. Under the tutelage of label owner and music industry veteran Tom Sarig (Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, Sammy Hagar), the new album shows STT pushing into more musical directions than ever before, from the Queen inspired “Behind The Moon”, to the angsty and aggressive “When It All Comes Down”. “Rufflin’ Feathers” delivers a tongue-in-cheek message about today’s social media circus, while “9 To 5”, the album’s ballad, has more country crossover appeal than anything else in their catalog. “Sex and Candy”, a Marcy Playground cover, brings the blues, while “The Ride” title track showcases plenty of musicality, and an evolution to the band’s sound. There are plenty of big, loud hooks throughout, all the while without losing the edge of a rock n’ roll band who sounds just as good live as they do on their recordings.

With the help of AntiFragile Music, Small Town Titans have managed to find continued success by simply never forgetting one thing, their fans, both new and old. After asking their fans to vote on their fanbase name, they decided on calling themselves the Titan Army. As the Titan Army grows, so does the band right along with them. With a love for playing live, a Small Town Titans show has evolved into more than a concert. It’s an event, with plenty of stage banter in between songs, and no two shows ever being the same. 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.


“If Soundgarden had ever needed someone to stand in for [Chris] Cornell, [Phil] could’ve filled in. No question.” – Classic Rock Magazine

“One listen to Small Town Titans’ version [of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”] and you’ll hear that Phil Freeman’s deep baritone and delivery is a perfect fit to capture the spirit of the original. Freeman, who also plays bass for the band, teams with drummer Jonny Ross and guitarist Ben Guiles to put their own fresh take on the track, giving it a bluesy feel with a definite darker vibe.” – Loudwire

“If you ever asked yourself if it’s possible to be weird and still enjoy the holiday spirit, the answer is in this song [“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”]. It’s a flashing yes.” – Alternative Press

“The soul of the original song [“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch] is kept, but the twist that Small Town Titans puts on this classic makes it seem like their version is the original and anything else is actually a cover.” – Concert Crap

“Merging their hard rock roots with dark blues, Small Town Titans’ re-work of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” breathes into a classic track the smoldering sonics it deserves.” – Highlight Magazine

“The trio from York, Pa. may have recorded the most menacing cover of this track [“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”] we’ve ever heard.” – WRAT 95.9 FM

“Small Town Titans has just released probably the most metal cover I’ve ever heard of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and I never thought I’d like another version more than Jim Carrey’s rendition. This certainly gives that version a run for its money.” – Acronym

“Having embraced the new music business model of driving your own train and being passionately active, Small Town Titans are not waiting to be ‘discovered’, no, they have been continuing to grow their online fan base by leaps and bounds.” – Plaza.NG

“While many rock bands and critics decry that rock n roll is dead, Small Town Titans, ailing from York, PA, have come to embrace the new music system with a critical awareness of the challenges and advantages, all without losing the gritty edge that defines the genre. Their newest single, “Me, Myself, and Monster” take the retro-experimentation of Highly Suspect and boosts with metal infused testosterone.” – Antihero Magazine

“Small Town Titans are no joke. I would have to say one of the best, if not the best, live acts in Central PA. They hold their own with any national act i’ve seen them open for. Go see them perform.” – Rob Simon – 105.7 The X

HGR CD Review: Small Town Titans by The Professor Jim Price

“From Fight to Flight sounds vibrant, explosive and full. Each song provides its own distinctive twist, while the mix and the band’s presentation maintain a consistency throughout. Small Town Titans deliver an engaging set with From Fight to Flight, and their balance of melody and storminess should win attention and propel them forward.”

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Small Town Titans – Artist Spotlight by Mid-Atlantic Rock Reviews

“It was pretty clear from their live set that this was a band we would be seeing more of in the future as the hometown boys thrilled the Harrisburg crowd with their high energy live act.”

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The Thought Lot Rocks the Shippensburg Night Life by Robyn Woodley – The Slate Online

“Small Town Titans emitted large amounts of energy, which demonstrated the passion it has in every note.”

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Short Boom Stand and Mic




Attached Mic OR Boom Stand w Mic



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Attached Mic



Tom 2

Attached Mic



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Attached Mic



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Boom Stand w Mic



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Boom Stand and Mic



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Boom Stand and Mic




Boom Stand and Mic




Boom Stand and Mic




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Center Vocal / Vocal 4

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