Author: E.M. Gallagher
09/01/2007 | CMJ New Music Monthly | www.cmj.com | Album Review
If a dusty Midwest dive bar rattling with Americana were plopped down in the middle of a coastal city and given a pair of skinny trousers, its resulting music would be that of Two Gallants. On their self-titled new album, the duo presents clean, straightforward rock with a satisfyingly unprocessed indie edge. Hailing from San Francisco, the pair, named for a James Joyce short story, plays out their own brand of audio vignettes, producing thoughtful and moving songs with a sound conjuring tumbleweed poetry and the vast plains of the Wild West. Their lyrics are smart and expressive—vulnerable without being sappy, pointed without being malicious. On "The Hand that Held You Down," Adam Stephens croons poignantly , "When there's rust upon your ragged crown, who will stand in your defense?" while Tyson Vogel's rhythms smash along determinedly. Tracks like "Trembling of the Rose" are raw, quiet and mournful, showcasing Stephens' earnest, throaty vocals. The Gallants' loping, rural indie rock all comes home on the heavily Dylan/Springsteen-influenced "Emo Country Song." Throughout Two Gallants, they are focused, moving decidedly along their sonic journey, hittine each wayward cowboy outpost as they go.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / MP3