After a split, solo records and a bad car accident, Two Gallants are back together again.
The indie rock duo — made up of Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel — released three albums (two with Omaha label Saddle Creek Records) before taking a break.
During that time, Stephens and Vogel each released an album and a short tour for Stephens ended in a van accident. Good thing the longtime friends had been talking about putting Two Gallants back together.
“I was enjoying having my own band and touring with that, but something about playing with Tyson and the energy that we had,” Stephens told The World-Herald. “I missed the sense of achievement that I don't really get when I'm playing quieter music. The live performance with Two Gallants feels a lot more rewarding.”
When Vogel and Stephens came back together, the songs were much more aggressive than the solo material they had been playing separately. Almost immediately after getting in the same room, they started writing new music, which resulted in their new album, “The Bloom and the Blight.”
“It's definitely a lot louder,” Stephens said. “I think on some of our previous records, more songs were in-between — the mellow, electric side,” he said. “No, the majority of the songs are loud and electric and there's two or three acoustic songs. There isn't much middle ground.”
The band's new album was released on ATO Records, not Saddle Creek. But there's no bad blood between the duo and the label.
“We enjoyed working with Saddle Creek. They're great guys and a great label,” Stephens said. “We're really grateful for our time with them, but we wanted to do something different. They're still good friends of ours, and they were understanding.”
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