What the Toll Tells
For example, when I push the issue with Adam, asking him how his songs are able to tap into the universal struggle of the human condition and how he's able to channel the pain of men twice his age, he shrugs just like Dylan did and tells me, "I think whatever emotions it might bring out, anyone can feel that. I think the difference is that for the most part, the older you are the more developed it is and the more comfortable you are with it, and you kind of have a better understanding of your mood swings. I just think it's kind of there for anyone at any age as long as you pay enough attention to how your situation affects you. I think it's credited to older folks just because older folks are more familiar with pain." He's so fucking un-assuming that I almost think he's trying to be humble, but by the end of his 24 oz. Tecate and our game of billiards, I believe him.
Two Gallants are a special band, receiving incredibly high marks from MOJO, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste, Harp, Vice, NME, Rough Trade, CBS News, and the list just goes on and on. In fact, I don't know that there's been a negative piece of press yet - quite an accomplishment for a couple kids who cut their teeth playing impromptu gigs outside public transportation terminals in San Francisco's seedier neighborhoods. Speaking loud to be heard over the blaring jukebox, I question Tyson and Adam about those early days when they used to play the now legendary "16th St. BART shows" not far from where we have chosen to gather. Adam pulls himself from a distant glare and smiles as if he's remembering an old friend, "I think it just kinda brings it back to the primitive, original reason for playing music in the first place. Music from the beginning was sort of created as a communal thing that brought everyone together. And that's sort of what those shows were like, that's the most communal gathering imaginable. Everyone's welcome, it's completely free. There would be grandmothers there, families, little children running around, homeless men, junkies, and kids there to see the bands, just everyone. That's how music should be, and that's music in its purest form, just directly to the people."
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