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TWO COW GARAGE : III


If you are a fan of REPLACEMENTS, THE HOLD STEADY, LUCERO this gritty and absorbing album is essential.

  £5.99


TWO COW GARAGE 's album III is finally out in the UK!

TWO COW GARAGE is an alt.country/punk band from Columbus, Ohio USA.
If you are a fan of REPLACEMENTS, THE HOLD STEADY, LUCERO this gritty and absorbing album is essential.

 

After kicking off with the 1+2 combination of the romping/stomping "Come Back To Shelby" and "Epitaph,"two songs which were made for the open road and blowing smoke out the car window,"No Shame" hits on one of the dominant themes of III -- working hard and not quite being good enough to succeed.
Looking over his room with scattered notebooks,guitars against the wall, and amplifier TV stand, guitarist Micah Schnabel comes to the conclusion that

"There ain't no shame in just giving up and walking away." As a listener, it's not what you want to hear. You want your musicians to be bigger than life. You want them to be above the problems that curse you in your life. Their heat doesn't go off, and they don't stay awake thinking that there's gotta be a better way. Yet, this is a pattern that continues throughout the album. When TWO COW GARAGE reach their lowest point, as they do on "No Shame," they don't turn to a doctor, or drugs,instead they give in to the music, where turning the volume knob to 10 reveals itself to be the best therapy. It's the sludgy sing-along of "The Great Gravitron Massacre" and the
blistering bar rock of "Now I Know" that makes the pain manageable. Doubts abound in "Should've California." Giving up is an option in "Mediocre." And when living life couldn't get much lower, the power chords of "Camo Jacket" are a saviour. "Camaro" alternates between tender and explosive. He got the girl out of the parents' house, the keys to the camaro, "Won't Get Fooled Again" is on the stereo, but when the chorus hits a screaming "Not Tonight," you're left to wonder if he got the girl. While"Arson" perfectly captures the daredevil antics of youth where “setting shit on fire”, leads to gasoline and gunpowder, invincibility, and barely enough time to get away from the flames. Like "Camaro," the ending is ambiguous -- there's a "30 second fuse and a bet you can't afford to lose," a flurry of drum explosions, then silence.



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