Artist: Two Cow Garage (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, Big Cartel, ReverbNation, Last.fm, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
Two Cow Garage’s sixth full-length record The Death of the Self-Preservation Society is nothing short of rock ‘n’ roll brilliance. Time and time again this band has proven to be a juggernaut, perfectly melding and blurring the lines between alt country, punk, college rock, indie rock, and just plain rock. So what does that mean exactly? Well for those who have never heard TCG, try to imagine a band that takes equal influence from the likes of The Replacements, Guided By Voices, the Ramones, Uncle Tupelo, and John Cougar Mellencamp. In other words, this band demonstrates that great rock music is great rock music, no matter what scene you come from or what label you want to slap on it.
The Death of the Self-Preservation Society opens with the galloping chords of “The Little Price and Johnny Toxic” perfectly setting the stage for the rest of the album with its hooks and biting lyrics. The record is filled with stark lyrics of spot-on social commentary that capture the sad state of affairs of modern American society, like in the powerful and ironic “Annie, Get Your Gun.” Guitarist Micah Schnabel and bassist Shane Sweeney both take on lead vocal duties each with their own unique voice and vision. Adding a nice touch, Cheap Girls’ Ian Graham sings a verse on the already excellent “Stars & Gutters.” From start to finish, this is an outstanding record and easily, easily one of the best of 2013 (and pretty much guaranteed to be in my top 5 of the year) and on top of that, this is probably Two Cow Garage’s best album to date. So do yourself a favor and go get this record right now because not only is a killer record by an excellent band, they are also super nice guys.