THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND's
¡Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta! Gets 4/5 stars on AllMusicGuide
After its peak in the early '40s, swing slowly went out of style with mainstream listeners. Artists like Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt kept it alive until the '50s and there have been sporadic revivals ever since by bands like Asleep at the Wheel. It was revitalized by a younger generation of hipsters in the late '90s and today the Two Man Gentlemen Band -- Andy Bean on vocals, tenor guitar, and banjo; Fuller Condon on vocals and standup bass -- use it as the foundation of their style. Although they play swing with an almost punk rock ferocity, Bean and Condon swing like mad and write original material that harks back to the music's origins with an ironic edge that makes them sound totally modern. They open with "A Gentle Stomp" and while the sound may be gentle, the tempo and energy are anything but. Bean lays down a scat solo that'll raise the roof and complements it with his blistering guitar rhythms while Condon shifts into double time for the song's finale. Most of the tunes are good-time, good-humored goofs like "Me, I Get High on Reefer" and "There's Something in My Trousers," which brings to mind the down-and-dirty style of Cab Calloway. When they decide to get serious, they're just as impressive as they are on the lighter numbers. "I Already Have a Dance Partner" is a melancholy number about lost love that's touching in its sincerity, while "Franklin Pierce" tells the story of the ex-president who descended into alcoholism and madness after he left office. Despite its ragtime tempo, the song takes a serious look at the ex-president's last days.
Dos Amigos Una Fiesta NYC album release show is THIS SATURDAY in Brooklyn!
Dear Friends, Please accept this friendly reminder from THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND! Our Dos Amigos Una Fiesta NYC album release show is THIS SATURDAY in Brooklyn!
After a month on the road playing for big, raucous crowds up and down the eastern USA, The Gents are a seasoned, well-oiled, two-man music-making machine. Come see for yourself! It's our last NYC show of 2010.
And get there early to catch our pals The Hot Seats and Pokey Lafarge, with whom we played a set of sold out shows in the midwest last weekend.
TMGB IN CONCERT
Saturday, October 16th SOUTHPAW 125 Fifth Ave Brooklyn, NY Tickets$10 advance / $12 door. 18+, 7pm doors
The Hot Seats - 7:30pm Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three - 8:30pm The Two Man Gentlemen Band - 9:30pm Paleface - 10:30pm RSVP on Facebook!
The weird and wirey post-punk chugalug "Product Head" inhabits the A-Side and Bob's words are brilliantly off the deep end. Here is a taste. "Facial blasts and soft gels barely make it / cougar mouth and game man rarely fake it." Prepare yourself. The non-album B-Side is a hard-driving Gillard power-pop instrumental with a mysterious Pollard vocal contribution.
Produced by Doug Gillard and Travis Harrison at Serious Business Music, NYC.
"Product Head" comes from the forthcoming second Lifeguards LP Waving at the Astronauts, the follow up to 2003's Mist King Urth. The LP is set for release in February 2010. This is the first formal collaboration between Pollard and Gillard since the disbanding of Guided By Voices in 2004.
7-inch vinyl (SBR44/EJRC075)
A. Product Head (3:55)
B. Naught Windsor (3:10) Product Head 7" out October 5.
"Product Head" comes from the forthcoming follow-up to 2003's Mist King Urth which is called Waving at the Astronauts and is coming out in February. That was 1971. This is 1979.
Produced by Doug Gillard and Travis Harrison
Made at Serious Business Music, NYC.
Pre-order starting 09/07/10. 7" comes with free download.
brought to you by Serious Business in association with Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Serious Business proudly unveils
¡Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta!, the 6th and finest album from
THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND
¡Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta! (SBR45)
1. A Gentle Stomp
2. Chocolate Milk (DOWNLOAD MP3)
3. Me, I Get High on Reefer
4. Put it in My Ear (When You Make that Music)
5. Going Into Business
6. I Already Have a Dance Partner
7. Andy Bean's Bounce
8. Franklin Pierce
9. There's Somthing In My Trousers
10. I Like to Party with Girls
11. The Leisure Class
12. Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta
13. Wine, Oh Wine!
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The Two Man Gentlemen Band's hot, raucous, old-time Vaudevillian sound has made them an underground sensation. They traverse the country incessantly, playing hundreds of shows per year including recent dates with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
Their style - musically & visually - incorporates elements of hot jazz, rhythm & blues, tin-pan alley, and western swing and their original songs consistently "prove that making old-fashioned music needn't be polite or predictable" (Time Out New York). They deftly balance lighthearted and often hysterical romps about reefer, wine, boy/girl parties, and chocolate milk with tender ballads of loneliness and fidelity. And with their cautionary, gospel-tinged stomp about the forgotten, alcoholic President Franklin Pierce they once again "take smart songwriting to a whole new level." (Mental Floss) It is a party record, and a dance record, yes. But it's also a musical portrait of the thrills, troubles, and temptations of a life spent barnstorming from coast to coast.
Pitchfork Announces Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard's LIFEGUARDS Project Coming to Serious Business.
Read all about it.new solo records, new Boston Spaceships, Mars Classroom, an art show...And then in February comes a record from his Lifeguards project with ex-GBV guitarist Doug Gillard called Waving at the Astronauts on Serious Business and Ernest Jenning Record Co.
OCTOBER - LIFEGUARDS - Product Head 7"
FEBRUARY - LIFEGUARDS - Waving at the Astronauts LP