On Performing Abroad, Recording as a Two-Piece, and Exercising Demons Through Song
Two Gallants are a San Francisco folk/rock duo made up of Adam Stephens on guitar, harmonica and vocals and Tyson Vogel on drums and vocals. After a hiatus lasting five years, the two are back with a brand new album, The Bloom and the Blight, which brilliantly captures the raw energy and ferocity of a Two Gallants live show. We recently sat down with Vogel to talk about the recording process for the new album, how the duo approaches songwriting and why they continue to release deluxe physical packages of their work.
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“SF duo creates loud, raucous record to perfectly capture rock and roll”
If you’re the kind of person who judges songs within the first five seconds of hearing them, you might be a little disappointed with Two Gallants’ latest work. That’s because, on The Bloom and the Blight, the pair have perfected the art of backing into a song. You have to hang on until at least 15 seconds in for each track to get to where it’s going. It’s usually somewhere very different than where it started, but it’s never somewhere boring.
After a crushing hiatus, San Francisco’s distortion kings Two Gallants are back with The Bloom and the Blight, their long-awaited new release. A raucous record that swings wildly between tender truths and bold affirmations, The Bloom and the Blight is a riotous return to form.
Expanding on the folk influences that have served them so well in the past, Bloom and Blight ripples with raw conviction. Each song walks a delicate line between two sounds: hushed ballads full of declarations of devotion and bittersweet farewells, and an untamed assault of drums and guitar. It’s formulaic, but it’s still full of surprises: two songs in and you find yourself bracing for a blast of thrash that may or not come at the end of every verse. [editor’s note – in simpler terms, this record fucking rules.]