On occasion, I get press info and stuff from record labels and PR companies for bands. Not often, but I tend to shy away much of the time, because if a band isn't touring through San Diego, I feel like covering them isn't really valuable to the goal of this particular website.
On other occasions, however, I get these releases and want to do somersaults through my living room because they are from a band that I already adore and the labels/PR people want me (little ol' me!) to spread the word that they are coming to town.
In this case, the band is Two Gallants. I've seen them a handful of times over the last few years, and they are faithful to San Diego, always including us on their tours. In fact, if you were lucky enough to be there, they were the headliners last year when everyone was wowed by a little opening band called Cold War Kids.
The band is made up of two members, but if you listen to their music you might not believe it. Their aggressive folk takes you to another place- perhaps imagery of a hobo jumping trains with a stick over his shoulder holding a bundle of his possessions, meeting heartbreak and disappointment along the way.
They have not only been touring like madmen, but in just a few years have put out albums and EPs, including The Throes (2004) and What The Toll Tells (2006), and are touring in support of their latest efforts, an EP called The Scenery of Farewell and a self-titled album released on Saddle Creek just last week.
The band will be at the Casbah on October 17th. Blitzen Trapper is their tour support, and if you caught them with the Hold Steady at Cane's, you know they're amazing as well. Tickets are only $12 (click here for the Casbah), but through the magic of the Internets, I have TWO PAIR of tickets to give away. But you gotta work for them (just a little).
Answer the following two questions and I will randomly select and notify the winners on Friday.
1. Where are Two Gallants from?
2. There was a scuffle between Tyson and some cops at a show last fall. Where did the incident take place? (name the club and city)
Send answers to the email in my profile (include first and last name, and a contact phone number to confirm the tickets). In the meantime, do yourself a favor and buy the new albums.
Click here for clues and for an mp3 of "Seems Like Home To Me" from the latest EP (on Stereogum)