Photos and words from the live show on Friday, January 18th at Barboza, by Victoria Holt for The Stranger:
"Two Gallants rolled through their fantastically tight set, staying in touch with each other the whole time. Singer/guitarist Adam Stephens would look over his shoulder at Tyson Vogel’s frenetic drumming, walking over a few times, facing him. They’ve known each other since they were five, and their long friendship has facilitated some truly fantastic work. September’s release, The Bloom and the Blight, features an early photo of them posing with the accoutrement of childhood: a tiny hat, eyeball and moustache glasses, a play stethoscope, and a teddy bear puppet. Their connection was palpable in seamless live renditions of tracks like “My Love Won’t Wait,” “Broken Eyes,” and their popular gem, “Steady Rollin’.” The crowd yelled along to the explosive folk rock, but fans’ focused attention kept a mosh pit from breaking out. Two ladies next to me called for Tyson to take his shirt off, promising they would if he did. When he didn’t take the bait, they continued to heckle him. Despite the distraction, he and Adam commanded the respect of their crowd, finishing an amazing night strong."
So much more, after the jump!
"Future Twin, described by front woman Jean Yaste as ‘Punkadelic Farmageddon Grandma Rock,’ served as a great opener for Two Gallants. Yaste blasts out killer spacey, coarse vocals over bass, drums, guitar, and keyboard. Her voice is simultaneously fresh and textured, a unique sound which bandmate Dan “DK” Kennedy says first made him determined to join the band. This San Francisco group has been producing new and exciting sounds lately, releasing 7" called Resist and an EP called Situation. Barboza was packed to the gills, even with an early start time. The bands had to clear out by 11 pm so the space could become its usual weekend scene: a top 40 club completely atypical for its Capitol Hill location. It was bizarre enjoying such down to earth folk-punk bands, then watching bros grind to E40 and Mac Dre."