Two Gallants
What the Toll Tells


4.5
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Review

by Nick Young USER (7 Reviews)
April 18th, 2006 | 25 replies | 6,700 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

This album is the second release from the San Francisco folk-punk duo, Two Gallants, and their first on Saddle Creek records. The signing garnered them some more attention from fans of the other bands on Saddle Creek, such as Bright Eyes, it didn't have an affect on the greatness of their music at all. This album is still filled with folk classics just as The Throes was.

The record starts off with the first single of the album, Las Cruces Jail. This song has a lot of energy in it and is a really nice album opener. One of the best things about Two Gallants is their ability to tell a story, and this song definitely shows it. This track and the next are my favorite of the whole album and along with Nothing to You from their first album, makes up my 3 favorite songs from the band.

Steady Rollin' is one song that really shows off Adam Stephens guitar ability, especially his fast finger picking. The overall melody of song is catchy and you catch yourself singing the melody more than the actual lyrics of the song sometimes. This is another song where Two Gallants storytelling shines, as well as their love for songs about murder and criminals on the roam. Some of the best lyrics of this song are "I shot my wife today / dropped her body in the Frisco Bay / I had no choice it was the only way" The entire song reminds me of something Johnny Cash might've written.

Long Summer Day is the third of the great story telling tracks on this album, though all the songs pretty much tell a story. This one happens to be about slavery, comparing the affects of the summer day on the white man ("The summer day make the white man lazy") and the black man ("The summer day make a ****** feel crazy"). The story is told, of course, through the eyes of the black slave who questions why he is even slavery, with trips to the polling place to be laughed at, questioning whether hell is below the earth of if he is actually in hell now, then finally getting fed up and going for his freedom, leaving his wife and child behind. All the way through the drums and guitar really drive the song.

Some Slender Rest and Threnody in Minor B later in the album both show that just because you only have an acoustic guitar and drums, doesn't mean you can't jam. Both songs go over the 8 minute mark with very hypnotizing instrumentals and Adam's voice flowing through you.

Other songs on the album also pass the 8 minute marking, but don't carry the jam like musicianship that Some Slender Rest and Threnody in Minor B show, especially the latter. Most times it goes over the 8 minute mark because of the lyrics and the story is a little big longer than the others. Examples are Age of Assassins and Waves of Grain (which also has some of the best harmonica work on the album). At first these long songs may be intimidating, especially to the person who thinks folk-punk is just stuff like Against Me! and Defiance, Ohio.

Overall the album really shows where you can take the folk-punk genre if you focus on the folk and less on the punk. This album may not be very appealing to the former Against Me fan at first, but it will grow on them. It will however appeal to those who have listened to folk, folk inspired indie, or alternative country in the past.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zesty Mordant
April 18th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds cool, I've been sorta looking for more music like this.

Rise Me Up
April 18th 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is fantastic.

Zebra
Moderator
April 18th 2006



2647 Comments


I haven't heard any of this but folk-punk is something that I have been liking as of late.
Good review.

AIRIC
April 19th 2006



27 Comments


gj Nack 5/5

Liebensaft
April 19th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Two Gallants > 90% of other folk-punk.

Nice job.

Aney
April 20th 2006



1 Comments


Amazing....

FA
May 12th 2006



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love Two Gallants. Fantastic review.

Muisee
June 21st 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Folk-punk, thats enough for me to get my hands on it.This Message Edited On 06.21.06

Zesty Mordant
June 21st 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the music of most folk-punk, but the vocals always ruin it for me. This is the case with Two Gallants unfortunately.
I'm gonna give them another spin though


Angry Balled Fists!
June 24th 2006



33 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album, good work.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2006



16072 Comments


I'm at a loss for what to do. On one hand, I really do hate punk, but on other, this has an average of 4.8 with 8 votes, which is quite a feat. Choices =/

Muisee
June 25th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's 95% folk/country, 5% punk....

FA
June 25th 2006



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be honest it's not even really ... "punk". It seems more just folk/garage than anything. Either way, arguing over which genre they can be placed in doesn't matter, they still rule.

The Sludge
June 26th 2006



2169 Comments


Wait, I need an example on what folk/punk sounds like. The way I'm thinking is Nightmare Of You, but I think I'm going to be ripped a new one for just mentioning that.

FA
June 26th 2006



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Apparently, TG are folk/punk :p. I don't know to be honest, the only things that might make these guys "punk" are his vocals and the occasional guitar and drum sounds...wtf, loss for words.

Brain Toad
June 27th 2006



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The more I listen to them, the less punk they sound. They are often grouped with punk with because they do hold some punk-like ethics (though those can be applied to other styles of independent rock) and have been called two punk kids. They are also highly enjoyed by people who enjoy punk and folk-punk music.

They are more of a blend of folk, blues, and alt. country.

Muisee
June 29th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whatever they are, im sure we all can agree they kick some major ass. ;)

CeeBone
July 2nd 2006



213 Comments


Anyone wanna give me a headsup as to what folkpunk is...

Muisee
July 5th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Read above...

francesfarmer
December 28th 2006



1477 Comments


Been growing away from me. The Throes' energy just blows this out of the water. Still, the emotion and more story-telling side of Chelsea Jackson is really something to hear.



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