I've Been Drinking
In the Shadow of the Pines
That Brutal Day
In the Days of Twenty and One
The Two Man Gentlemen Band
Artist: The Two Man Gentlemen Band
Release date: July 01, 2005
The Gents play original, old-time, music at a reasonable volume and a lively pace. The 14 selections on this debut long-player will make you laugh, cry, drink and think. Perhaps one day you'll meet them, peddling their musical wares in your local park or tavern. Perhaps you'll enjoy yourself and will drop a dollar in their basket. Perhaps they'll spend that dollar on spirits.
Sadly, the CD of this release is completely sold out. Perhaps one day it'll be re-pressed. For now you'll have to buy it digitally. grab it on iTunes or something like that. And sit tight for the 10th anniversary deluxe vinyl reissue coming 2015.
"This is some hard drivin' mountain music, right handy for hard drinkin' mountain nights. And the bluegrass hair of the dog in the morning, too, I'm guessing. The two gents, S. Andy Bean and the Councilman, make some riotous, bawdy, down home music on guitar, banjo, bass fiddle and of course, kazoos. It would be easy to get lost in the sheer entertainment of their irreverent tunes lauding the joys of moonshine, because the two gents are nothing if not fun. But look past all that to their pitch perfect harmonies, their interesting chord choices and above all, their wry and demented lyrics. The horrifyingly funny 'Shotgun Wedding' contains this gem:
Girl, you know this wasn't my intention
I never learned about no birth prevention
Is it such an abomination that we mistimed your ovulation
Or 'Hind Quarters' lecherous mention of the view that 'makes my undergarments tight.' My only complaint, and it's offered in the mildest way, is that the rhythms of a number of these songs begin to sound a bit similar after a while. But I think this may be a genre issue more than the failing of the gentlemen.
Their joyous sound feels like porch music, but the gentlemen ply their trade in Central Park of all places. And that's when they're not swinging in the subways. I'd love to be a subway fly on the wall when the dueling kazoos go at it in 'I've Been Drinking': 'for an hour and a day, suckin' 'em down like a young man should.' And did I mention that they do their city street thing in full old-time regalia? Well, I'm gonna have to make do with listenin' from Jersey, missing the view but still grooving on these jammin' down home tunes. My personal favorite? The harmonic ditty that is 'Fishin'', a gloriously silly plea for aquatic success, 'Lord, all my hook needs is one mouth.' Well said, gentlemen."
"The Two Man Gentlemen Band has put something special together on their self titled release. The album, which is out now on Serious Business Records, strikes of everything from Vaudeville to Woody Guthrie. A mixture of clever lyrics and toe tapping melodies that leaves one feeling the need for more.
The album starts off with a barrage of harmonic banjo strumming melodies. Just take a look at the first three songs; You've got 'Queens County' which is basically an ode to a girl in the form of a hootenanny.
'The Fever' which is a little ditty sung of those springtime urges. It's one of those songs you'll sit back and find yourself driving the extra mile just to listen to it. The thing I love about this album is the way these songs hit you on so many levels. This song is a perfect example of that. You have the musical aspect of it, and then once you start listening to the groove of it, you find yourself catching the lyrics... and the whole experience changes. It all just blends together so well that it makes you have a good time while listening to it.
'Shotgun Wedding,' might just be my personal favorite on the album. Let's start with the lyrics on this one. '... Girl you know this wasn't my intention, I never learned about no, birth prevention... but it'll be alright, when I'm a husband and your a wife.' I feel like I can't give too much away on the lyrics as it would be like revealing the punch line of someone's joke. It's lively, it's funny, and they play kazoos on it. What more could you ask for?
The album swings on through it's banjo picking cleverness that seems to strike all that right chords with me. They even managed to throw in a grand version of 'In The Shadow Of The Pines.' The backend of the disc is filled with the same driving melodies with songs like, 'That Brutal Day' and 'In The Days Of Twenty and One.' This album certainly stands out among anything I've heard in recent memory. It also makes for perfect traveling music, all of it. The Two Man Gentlemen Band are a revival of 'goodtime' music. They bring together so many different influences and sounds on this record that's it just simply a work of art."
- Anthony Mores, FolkItUp.net
"Delivered in the traditional mountain style of two men playing old-time country Americana and roots rock, this album is a careful look back at the old coal mine and porch country traditions of music. The instruments played by these two gentlemen include kazoo, whistle, banjo, bass fiddle, guitar, and banjo. Oddly though instead of finding them in some backwoods joint in Kentucky you'll find them entertaining in New York City's Central Park or in its subways. As a debut it showcases that these mountain boys know how to compose originals that sound like they're only missing the crackle from the vinyl 45."
- J-Sin, Smother.net
"The Two Man Gentlemen Band is an amazing duo that performs demented dixieland while wearing season-inappropriate suits. One of them happens to look much like Jefferson on the nickel. Highly entertaining, low volume fun."
"The Two Man Gentlemen Band does old-timey country-folk that can get mighty raucous"
- Time Out New York
"These two hard-working young men are harkening back to the old-time heyday of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers and Fiddlin' John Carson with their irreverent musical tales of the liquored-up side of life. I have never met any one person--let alone two fellahs--who can play the kazoo as well as these two boys after downing an ass pocket full of whiskey."
- Matt Winters, The Moonshine Show, WKCR-FM, NYC
"I first discovered The Two Man Gentlemen Band at the auditions for the New York City subway musicians guild, where they stole the show. The charming suit-and-hat-wearing duo are an example to blue jeans and T-shirt wearers everywhere (myself included). The Gentlemen's infectious tunes manage to stop hurried New Yorkers in their tracks, eliciting smiles, toe tapping, and even dancing in public from the most jaded of audiences."
- Anna Holtzman, Filmmaker & Journalist, NYC