If you remember the SAL contest earlier this year about the worst band names, well, Two Cow Garage would be high up there on my list. Columbus, Ohio’s Two Cow Garage play rock n’ roll with a distinct country twang akin to bands like Drive-By Truckers and Lucero. I racked my brain for months trying to think of who the hell these vocals reminded me of until it came to me recently. Former singer of D Generation and now solo artist Jesse Malin was that long lost answer. Much like Malin’s work, there is a little of that punk spirit that flows forth from Two Cow Garage’s songs. Songs about relationships, politics and most of all, regret. “No Shame” bares the lyrics of the love/hate relationship musicians have with their art. There’s a guitar, that’s leaning on my wall, the instrument of my ultimate downfall. And notebooks scattered all over my floor. Six hundred pages all filled with regrets, and hundreds of songs that ain’t finished yet. And a job application getting harder to ignore. Much of III echoes “No Shame.” Self-reflection is a constant theme. Where the band is and what they have bypassed in order to carry on Two Cow Garage is obviously a heavy burden. Luckily for us, it is one they are willing to bare.
RIYL: Drive-By Truckers, Drag The River, Lucero