THE RISE OF TWO GALLANTS

 
I think I'm most honestly myself when I'm playing the drums and when we're playing together. I think the drums, for me, are very cathartic, but also playing with Adam is very cathartic as well, and what we create is on the same level. And I think whatever is driving me to play the way I do is really about some strange peace and the understanding that we have in our music.

-Tyson Vogel

 
Tyson Vogel by Ryan Schierling

This is what makes Two Gallants so remarkable and so worthy of the praise they are receiving and shall continue to receive. They are able to cut through all the bullshit we face every single day, and with just a guitar and drum, paint the picture of our struggle. You've heard the term "old souls," Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel are the definition. There is no conceivable way to explain what they do or how they do it. When Tyson screams the blood-curdling cry in support of Adam during "Threnody in Minor B," there's no room for argument: this is pain incarnate.


Two Gallants (Stephens-left / Vogel-right)
By Charlie Villyard
When I ask Tyson if he can explain those moments of distress when his arms flail and he shrieks into the microphone, he tells me, "I guess I've never really thought about that, or really thought too deeply about it. To be honest, I think I'm most honestly myself when I'm playing the drums and when we're playing together. I think the drums, for me, are very cathartic, but also playing with Adam is very cathartic as well, and what we create is on the same level. And I think whatever is driving me to play the way I do is really about some strange peace and the understanding that we have in our music."

For those who have become captivated by the music of Two Gallants, for those who know they are hearing something born of the past but meant for the future, for those who have a new messenger to tell their dark secrets, and for those with a new favorite band, there is only one explanation. It's this same "catharsis" and "understanding" that Tyson finds in Two Gallants that we find. Like Adam reading Thoreau and discovering complete understanding, we learn something we already knew by listening to Two Gallants. They may be young and they may not even believe it themselves, but the Two Gallants are on the rise and they are bound for glory.

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TWO GALLANTS TOUR DATES:
02.22.06 | 100 Club | London, UK
02.24.06 | Debaser | Stockholm, SWE
02.25.06 | Oslo | Garage, NOR
02.26.06 | Loppen | Copenhagen | DEN
02.27.06 | Molotow | Hamburg, GER
02.28.06 | The Paradiso | Amsterdam, NL
03.01.06 | AB Club | Brussels, BEL
03.03.06 | Sala Sidecar | Barcelona, SPA
03.05.06 | Schurr | Luzern, SWI
03.06.06 | Muffathalle | Munich, GER
03.07.06 | White Trash | Berlin, GER
03.08.06 | Gebaude 9 | Cologne, GER
03.09.06 | Le Nouveau Casino | Paris, FRA
03.16.06 | The Parish | Austin, TX (Saddle Creek SXSW Showcase)
03.17.06 | TBA | Austin, TX (SXSW)
03.18.06 | The Velvet Spade | Austin, TX (NY2LON SWSW Party)
03.19.06 | The Conservatory | Oklahoma City, OK
03.20.06 | The Outland | Springfield, MO
03.21.06 | The Record Bar | Kansas City, MO
03.22.06 | Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA
03.23.06 | Sokol Underground | Omaha, NE
03.24.06 | Hi-Dive | Denver, CO
03.25.06 | Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT
03.31.06 | Bimbo's 365 Club | San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop)
04.04.06 | Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA
04.05.06 | Casbah | San Diego, CA
04.06.06 | Phoenix, AZ Modified
04.07.06 | Solar Culture | Tucson, AZ
04.09.06 | Launchpad | Albuquerque, NM
04.10.06 | Winchester Slaughter House | Lubbock, TX
04.11.06 | Rubber Gloves | Denton, TX
04.12.06 | Emo's | Austin, TX
04.13.06 | Walter's on Washington | Houston, TX
04.14.06 | TBA | New Orleans, LA
04.15.06 | The Earl | Atlanta, GA
04.16.06 | Common Grounds | Gainesville, FL
04.17.06 | Will's Pub | Orlando, FL
04.18.06 | Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa | Tampa, FL
04.19.06 | Cafe Eleven | St. Augustine, FL
04.20.06 | New Brookland Tavern | W. Columbia, SC
04.21.06 | Wetlands Dance Hall | Chapel Hill, NC
04.24.06 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
04.26.06 | Ma Chums @ Brandeis University | Waltham, MA
04.27.06 | Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
04.28.06 | NY Smog @ Bard | Collegeannadale-on-Hudson, NY
04.29.06 | The Downcast @ Bennington College, Bennington, VT
04.30.06 | The Living Room | Providence, RI
05.01.06 | La Sala Rossa | Montreal, QC
05.02.06 | The Silver Dollar | Toronto, ON
05.04.06 | The Temple club | Lansing, MI

more to come...

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[Published on: 2/23/06]

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Uncle Fishbits Thu 2/23/2006 05:23PM
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Uncle Fishbits

All I can say is that they have finally put Steady Rollin' and Age of Assassins on an album... and I can stop coveting my shitty bootlegs. FINALLY.... damnit boys. You are doing fine.

SaltyDog starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/23/2006 05:24PM
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SaltyDog

go see these guys!

Fred T. Fri 2/24/2006 11:56AM
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Fred T.

This article lays it all out. Forward it to anyone you know who is out of the loop when it comes to 2 g's. Well done Kayeceman!

toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/28/2006 06:43AM
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toestothenose

Aaron - you've yet to steer the ship wrong! Sounds like another leftcoast band to keep an eye on. Great read!

Cheers,
Jake

snappy starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/28/2006 06:57PM
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snappy

The way Kayce burrows under the skin of the artist he writes about is insightful AND incite-ful. More than once his words have made me explore bands that became some of my favorites. The Two Gallants are no exception. This is a wonderful primer for this duo that's only just beginning to shine.

Acatosotp starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/23/2006 08:02PM
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Great band, in my opinion one of the most exciting bands out there currently. Kind of unfortunate there are hundreds of posts on every single bonnaroo update while a great article on a great band generates almost no interest. My only regret is I probably won't get a chance to seem them live. Great work Kayce. You put my feelings about these guys into words.