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What the Toll Tells

Author: Jonah Flicker
11/01/2005 | Pitchforkmedia.com | www.pitchforkmedia.com | Feature
Sometimes things fall apart, and sometimes they just fall into place. San Francisco's Two Gallants are experiencing the latter in droves at the moment, as the band is racking up enough accolades, gigs and releases to keep five gallants busy.

Singer-guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have been drowning in hometown praise recently: the band was nominated in the "Indie Rock/Noise Pop" category of the SF Weekly Music Awards (they lost to Sub Pop's Kelly Stoltz, alas), and on November 10, they'll perform at the SF Bay Guardian's "Goldie" Awards show. (The awards themselves are statuettes fashioned after the likenesses of Goldie Hawn and/or drum n bass superstar Goldie, we hope.)

Two Gallants have two Saddle Creek releases on the horizon. First up is a 7" single, "Las Cruces Jail", due in the UK on November 28 and here in America on December 6. Tracklist:

A: Las Cruces Jail
B: Long Summer Day (acoustic)

What the Toll Tells, their sophomore album and Saddle Creek full-length debut, will arrive on February 13 in the UK and February 21 in the US. Tracklist:

01 Las Cruces Jail
02 Steady Rollin'
03 Some Slender Rest
04 Long Summer Day
05 The Prodigal Son
06 Threnody in Minor B
07 16th St. Dozens
08 Age of Assassins
09 Waves of Grain

The Gallants are also getting' their comp on big time, with contributions to no less than three recent Various Artists collections. A rare track, "Anna's Sweater", appears on Best Before Records' NY2LON mix of British and American buzz bands (the Subways, Ordinary Boys, Giant Drag, the Hong Kong, more). "Nothing to You", from their debut album The Throes, is included on the Loose Records comp Start Your Own Country - New Sounds of the Old West Vol. 4 alongside tracks from Blood Meridian, Jason Molina and others. And "All Your Faithless Loyalties", a new track, is on the recent Saddle Creek Katrina benefit CD, Lagniappe.

Finally, the boys have been invited to go on a European vacation with the Decemberists, a band quite familiar with gallantry. Following that trek, they'll head to Ireland to play a few acoustic shows with woodsy poet Ben Weaver. Dates:

11-10 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies (SF Bay Guardian "Goldie" Awards)
11-14 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms *
11-15 Manchester, England - Academy 3 *
11-16 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC 2 *
11-17 London, England - ULU *
11-18 The Hague, Holland - Crossing Border Festival
11-20 Berlin, Germany - Magnet *
11-21 Cologne, Germany - Gebäude 9 *
11-22 Hamburg, Germany - Knust *
11-27 Madrid, Spain - La Dinamo
11-29 Paris, France - La Boule Noire *
11-30 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique *
12-01 London, England - Water Rats
12-06 Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh #
12-07 Wexford, Ireland - Arts Centre #
12-08 Dublin, Ireland - Annesley House #
12-09 Dundalk, Ireland - Spirit Store #

* with the Decemberists
# with Ben Weaver
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