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Author: Christen Thomas
08/23/2005 | Thetripwire.com | www.thetripwire.com | Feature
Anyone who shares my penchant for two-piece bands that manage to pull off their shit better than their bloated counterparts should be pleased to know that San Francisco's Two Gallants are prepping to release their sophomore LP. Newly embraced by the Indieland's favorite label Saddle Creek, the record will be released in early 2006. Why is this such exciting news? Two Gallants debut LP, The Throes is a gut-wrenching musical tragedy about trains and booze and double-crossing lovers that varies from sea-shanties to plodding ballads to harmonica laced barn-burners. Recorded when the two were just 21, the glue of the record was Adam Stephenson's word-weary and whiskey-soaked gravely vocals, intricate and propulsive guitar work and Tyson Vogel's drumming which varied from sensitive to thundering on each track. I'm most excited for the new record to hear the new stories that Stephenson has penned. Lyrics on The Throes varied from clever quips ("My kind's been around forever/ Yet I claim to be one of the few/ And the lost cause of words walks away with my nerves/ 'Cause I'm gay as a choir boy for you,") to language that brings to mind a lost Dylan Thomas poem ("Twas on a dark March evening, southbound I did ride/ My head was out the window when I found her at my side/ Asked where I was going to, I told her from where I came/ For the jails in which I've done my time, I fail hard to regain"). Who doesn't love a record with songs that vary from singing about falling down stairs to tunes with lines like, "You're my sheath and I'm your rapier"?

Two Gallants are fantastic on record but a fucking revelation live. Today they begin a string of shows in the UK, including turns at Reading and Leeds returning to the States just in time to play the stacked Saddle Creek CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom. Beginning September 21, Two Gallants will load up their guitar, drum kit and harmonica and bring their explosively moving shows down the West Coast and through Middle America. It is completely necessary to check out Two Gallants live so check out their site for a list of tour dates. While you're there, click on over to their media page for some live video and watch kids mosh to "Fall Hard to Regain" and its tumble of sound. I dare you to watch the video of "Nothing to You," from a show at Southpaw in Brooklyn and not get goosebumps when the drummer howls his back-up vocals. Two Gallants are coming so grab some whiskey and listen to your old Pogues records to prep for your dose of Americana.

Two Gallants - Fall US Tour
09.16.05 - New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom - CMJ)
09.21.05 - Olympia, WA (Manium)
09.22.05 - Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
09.23.05 - Seattle, WA (Crocodile) w/ Portastatic
09.24.05 - Kennewick, WA (Ray's Golden Lion)
09.27.05 - Denver, CO (Larimer Lounge)
09.29.05 - Minneapolis, MN (Turf Club)
09.30.05 - Omaha, NE (Sokol Underground)
10.01.05 - Lawrence, KS (Replay Lounge)
10.02.05 - Denton, TX (Dan's Silverleaf)
10.03.05 - Houston, TX (Walter's On Washington)
10.04.05 - Austin, TX (Emo's)
10.05.05 - Las Cruces, NM (The Bean)
10.06.05 - Tuscon, AZ (Solar Culture)
10.07.05 - Los Angeles, CA (El Cid)
10.08.05 - San Francisco, CA (Bottom Of The Hill)
10.09.05 - San Francisco, CA (The Independent)


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