Two Gallants officially began creating their idiosyncratic folk and roots influenced rock in 2002, releasing five albums and gaining a worldwide audience through relentless touring. I've been a fan ever since. Especially after getting to know them when my old band, Rogue Wave, toured the US with them back in the winter of 2004. No one plays drums like Tyson. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him in Port O'Brien on numerous tours in 2009. When he really gets going, it is like playing inside a tornado. I have learned much from watching Adam Stephen’s guitar playing over the years. While influenced by the punk and hardcore he grew up with, he continues to do his homework studying a variety of classic guitar forms, from traditional Irish folk to the unique two finger blues fingerpicking of Reverend Gary Davis. From their live show, it is clear these two old friends have been playing together for over 20 years. They create a wall of sound larger than bands twice their size, moving in and out of time signatures and tempos with effortless fluidity.
They also happen to be two of the most polite and well spoken San Franciscan gentleman I’ve ever met. I had a chance to chat with them briefly after their recent sold out album release show at the Great American Music Hall. The love was palpable.
Their new record, We Are Undone, is out now on ATO Records.