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Interview:
Folk is just one part of Two Gallants' makeup
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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During the past 13 years San Francisco's Two Gallants have been tagged as a folk-rock group, even though there's plenty of rock-style noise that's always been part of the mix, and has only grown more pronounced over time.

But the group's Adam Stephens says he and musical partner Tyson Vogel are comfortable with however anybody wants to refer to them.

"Y'know, if the world helps put people at ease and helps them develop some type of idea of what it is we do, that's fine," explains Stephens, 33, who began performing wtih Vogel in 2002, taking the band name from a story by Irish writer James Joyce. "that (folk) term to me has so many other meanings to it. It can be a little misleading at times; I don't really know what it means, to be honest. Are you playing folk music if you have an acoustic guitar in your hands, or if there's a banjo in the band? Is that folk music?

"I don't really know -- and I don't think about it too much. If it helps people define something for their own comfort, I'm totally fine with it."

It has, of course, resulted in some misled fans who are taken aback when they attend a show by Two Gallants, which is currently touring to promote its fifth album, "We Are Undone," which came out in early February.

"When we first started playing, I think we were quite a bit more folky, or at least more traditional because that was pretty much all the music I was listening to, old-timey music, and it definitely came through in our songs a lot," Richards explains. "There are a lot of people who used to come out to our shows back then who don't come out to our shows as much now, people that I used to know from (San Francisco). But we also have new fans who are interested in the newer music we're playing.

"We just try to keep ourselves entertained and hope the audience is entertained as well. If people want to see a folk band and they show up and don't like what we do, I don't think there's much of a loss there, anyway, on either side."

Two Gallants and Blank Rage

Saturday, April 25. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St. Pontiac.

Tickets are $15.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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