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The Bloom And The Blight

Two Gallants

The Bloom And The Blight

LabelFargo
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum7.9.2012

Wer, wie, was? Wieso, weshalb, warum? Denjenigen, die sich schon an den ersten Alben von Two Gallants erlabt und das Duo aus San Francisco bislang noch nie live erlebt haben, dürften bei The Bloom And The Blight gleich am Anfang eine Menge Fragen durch den Kopf schießen: Was zum Beispiel ist mit dem frühen Folk der Jungs passiert? Wo ist plötzlich all der Blues hin? Und vor allem: Wann hat der Garagenrock Einzug gehalten?

Nicht stehenbleiben, weitergehen. Eine selbstverordnete Bandpause, kreative Ertüchtigung bei anderen Projekten und nicht zuletzt der Wechsel weg von Saddle Creek, hin zum französischen Label Fargo haben die Sandkastenfreunde Adam Stephens und Tyson Vogel alias Two Gallants für eine musikalische Umorientierung - oder eher Weiterentwicklung - genutzt. Ihr erster Streich seit rund fünf Jahren ist dynamischer als die frühen Werke, rockiger. Fordernd prescht der erste Track Halycon Days nach vorne, entlädt sich immer wieder in dem heiseren Aufröhren Stephens, klappert, scheppert, pfeift wie in guten alten Garagenzeiten.

"Ich wollte das Raue in der Musik finden und uns zu unseren Wurzeln zurückführen, zum Punkrock und Grunge, und in gewisser Hinsicht auch zu unserer Kindheit", erklärt der Leadsänger den Richtungswechsel. Dieser Grundsatz findet sich auch in den Songstrukturen wieder. Monumentale, Haken schlagende Endlostracks wie auf ihrem 2006er Erfolgsalbum What The Toll Tells gibt es auf The Bloom And The Blight nicht. Die Songs sind knapp und knackig. Auf den Punkt. Und doch: 2012 ist nicht alles anders. Auch das jüngste Werk von Two Gallants zehrt von Stephens charismatischem Gesang, der sich in den dramatischen Moment zu verzweifeltem Schreien steigert. Nach den ersten rastlos Takten, in denen die Jungs von irgendeinem wild gewordenen, inneren Hund getrieben werden, hat The Bloom And The Blight seine ersten bluesigen, folkigen Momente, wird weicher und sanfter, im emotionalen Decay fast schon besinnlich, nur um im laut-leise verschrammelten Winter's Youth wieder zu explodieren.

Diejenigen, die vor allem die ersten Alben von Two Gallants auf den Plattentellern rotieren ließen und die leidenschaftlichen musikalischen Ausbrüchen auf der Bühne nur vom Hörensagen kennen, dürften beim Konsum des Viertwerkes gehörig mit den Ohren schlackern. Das auf den Oha- der Aha-Moment folgt, ist eigentlich nur eine Frage der Zeit. Denn The Bloom And The Blight ist ganz großes, intelligentes Grunge-Folk-Kino!

Tracklist:
  1. Halcyon Days
  2. Song Of Songs
  3. My Love Won't Wait
  4. Broken Eyes
  5. Ride Away
  6. Decay
  7. Winter's Youth
  8. Willie
  9. Cradle Pyre
  10. Sunday Souvenirs
  11. I'm So Depressed (Bonus Track)
  12. Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues (Bonus Track)
Highlights:

Halycon Days, Winter's Youth

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