THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND ¡Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta!
The 6th and finest Two Man Gentlemen Band record es muy bueno. Me gustaria escuchar Los Gentlemen en el noche con mis amigos.
Recorded at Serious Business Music, New York, NY
Engineered by Travis Harrison
Mixed by Richard Morris and Travis Harrison
Mastered by Richard Morris
Cover Photograph by Punam Bean
Produced by The Two Man Gentlemen Band & Jared Engel
ANDY BEAN: Tenor Guitar, Vocals
FULLER CONDON: String Bass, Vocals
w/ BRIAN KANTOR: Drums
The Two Man Gentlemen Band's brand of hot, raucous, retro swing is fast becoming an underground sensation. Just a few
years ago, The Gentlemen were busking in New York City's parks and subways. These days, they traverse the country
incessantly, playing hundreds of shows per year for ever-expanding crowds of dedicated fans.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band sound is a high-energy blend of the vintage and the modern. Their style - musically & visually
- incorporates elements of hot jazz, rhythm & blues, tin-pan alley, and western swing. And their "keen vocal harmonies"
(The New Yorker) recall 20s and 30s groups like the Mills Brothers. But their pithy, irreverent original tunes are full of lyrics
"so off the beaten path as to be virtually cliche free." (Bluegrass Journal).
On their breakout sixth release, DOS AMIGOS UNA FIESTA, (Serious Business Records [SBR45]) The Gents 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.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band's live show is an absolute must-see. Some reviews: "Terrifically entertaining!" (Mountain
Xpress - Asheville, NC) "An unparalleled experiment in controlled chaos!" (Seven Days - Burlington, VT) "This kind of good
time is rarely seen anymore!" (Valley Advocate - Northampton, MA). "Romping, outstanding fun!" (About.com) "They put
on a clinic in how to engage an audience." (New Haven Register - New Haven, CT)
Consummate entertainers, The Gents (Andy Bean - Tenor Guitar & Vocals, Fuller Condon - String Bass & Vocals) match
their instrumental prowess with enough charisma to woo even the most skeptical listener. They very simply command your
attention. Their improvised banter, with each other and the audience, is as entertaining as the music. And the stomping
shout-alongs that pepper their shows whip crowds into a sort of frenzy not typically associated with acoustics duos. Their
showmanship and panache transcend whatever niche their musical style suggests.
After a spectacular 2009 in which they made their national radio and television debut on The Bob & Tom Show and opened
a handful of concerts for the Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, & John Mellencamp summer tour, The Two Man Gentlemen Band
is back at it this year with two full-length releases and a perpetually busy festival and club schedule.
On August 31, 2010 the Gentlemen stopped by Soundcheck on WNYC to play “Chocolate Milk,” “Franklin Pierce” and “A Gentle Stomp” from ¡Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta! and to talk business with Jon Schaefer. You can stream the segment in its entirety above or listen on the WNYC site here.
"This song espouses the simple beauty and ample benefits of chocolate milk. Cocoa beans and heavy cream are a basic but heavenly combo. It’s delicious. It’s nutritious (sorta). It’s fun. You can blow bubbles in it. You can do blow and stay up all night drinking it. All bases are covered in this old-timey ode to the syrupy stuff.”-One Sweet Song" =One Sweet Song
"Who can resist a song about creamy chocolate milk? Probably not many. That's why this upbeat, jazzy song will have you smiling from ear-to-ear. And the best part is that you have a chance to see it live in the open, fresh air next weekend at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Morning View, Ky. This is TMGB's sixth release, and it's chock-full of lively songs about things such as chocolate milk, pot and alcoholic presidents. The tunes sound so entertaining on a disc, so I can only imagine how great it's going to sound live. Barefoot swing dancing is a must." Danielle, Metromix Cincinnati
"Oh, okay I like these guys. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but their classic take on music is a true throwback to a time that even hipsters aren’t willing to revive. To call this duo a novelty act is understating their case, but they are a genuinely talented novelty act. If you’re ever looking to experiment with some classic American sounds check these guys out. For real." Pop Tarts Suck Toasted
"4/5 stars 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." AllMusic