Late last night I was nestled on my sofa and getting ready to catch up on the highlights of this weeks pro-wrestling action (WWE RAW, TNA Impact and Chikara, thanks for asking.) However as I was readying myself I was alerted to the fact that Two Gallants had announced their first album in five years! This is one of those pieces of news that either washes over you like a passing nothing, or causes you to stop everything, fire up your laptop, listen to the teaser song and tell the entire world about it at an unsociable hour.
I was the latter.
But if you were the former, what kind of music website would this be if we didn't give you some music to sink your teeth into? So I thought that I would put together a little playlist of 2Gs songs that will give you a whistlestop tour of their finer points. Parts that show Tyson's complex and full drumming, Adam's clinical yet blunt songwriting, and the frenetic delivery that the two can produce. Read on:
5 - Nothing To You
"Well my kind's been round forever,
yet I claim to be one of the few.
The last cause of words walks away with my nerves,
'cause I'm gay as a choirboy for you."
Bam, right from the start it's clear that there are enough brilliant lines in there to satisfy at least one lifetime of inappropriate stalking.
4 - Long Summer Day
A song documenting rational tensions in the deep south that showcases the rasping emotional power that such a topic deserves. Casting a bitingly critical eye on their country's past, a song that sounds mildly jaunty at the start turns darkly passionate. The track drew controversy at the time due to its theme and language being sung by two white men, an accusation which lead to the band sarcastically stating that they would seek out the "song writing rule book for white kids." It's also amazing to sit and realise that just two people are making this racket, the drumming is on another level.
3 - Linger On
There are few bands who have a hit-rate as good as 2Gs when it comes to longer songs. Each album has a couple and they tend to be highlights. I could've gone with almost any, but I thought I'd dip into 2007's stripped down Scenery of Farewell EP. With a lonesome harmonica, some emotive keys and subtle backing strings, it's a heartbreaker that can leave a grown man in bits.
Fun fact: I still have the top rated comment on this video, from about 2 years ago.
2 - Steady Rollin'
For me, this was where it started. My friend posted up the video, quoting the macabre line of "if you got a throat, I got a knife." For some reason (that I'm not totally comfortable with) I was intrigued and thought I'd have a listen. What transpired was one of the most odd displays of devotion I have ever heard. Truly freewheeling, evocative and twistedly charming. There's a warmth in the humanity and a coldness in the insanity.
1 - The Train That Stole My Man
Everything mentioned above, this brings together seamlessly. Soft bits, loud bits, killer lines, a brooding feel, a great story, raging emotion and a unique composition. Starting with a guitar sounding like a far off train, building into a bleak but perfect narrative of a woman pining for a man who has hopped a train and left town. Finishing with a grand crescendo and the train pulling off into the distance, it's pure cinema. This is the type of song that people dream about writing. I'm just happy to listen to it.
Hopefully that's whetted your appetite. Hopefully you're now counting down the days until the new album is released. Hopefully you're now planning on attending every concert that they perform within an 800 mile radius.
If that is the case, then good. For now, check out Broken Eyes, the free download from The Bloom and the Blight.
That's a lot. Do let us know if you enjoyed it and if there are any songs that you feel we missed out.
Andy is a Supajam writer who has been a small-fry at numerous Commerical, BBC and Student radio stations over the last 6 years. He is also a music promoter in the South-East of the UK. He has a website where he interviews musicians with only one question, and he is currently typing in third-person. You can tweet abuse at him if you fancy letting off some steam.