Lucero

Kickstand Productions

Lucero

Two Cow Garage

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Durty Nellie's

Palatine, IL

$23.00 - $140.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Lucero
Lucero
You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of '98 without a clue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metal diet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Pogues impersonation.

The trick there was that we couldn't really play our instruments! I had never played guitar before and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands. Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up and being hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with different sounds and create one that was ours alone.

Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original line up from almost the beginning, and it shows.

Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Being able to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved and grew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized that if you added some horns to Ben's lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastard country rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by it honest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this just proved it.

We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns – like a kid with a new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departure from the previous sound and announcement of way things we're gonna be now!

While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women & Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was starting to settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records in my opinion and the song "On My Way Downtown" has almost surpassed "Tears Don't Matter Much" as the crowd favorite... almost!

This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life on the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, and musically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third time at the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.

It's also the first time we've ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of big star's "I Fell in Love with a Girl", and having Jody from Big Star sing back–up vocals makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three–part love letter to a city that brought us up and made us what we are today.

"I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done." — Ben Nichols

"Having Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that you're recording at Ardent Studios – it doesn't get much more exciting than that." — Ben Nichols
Two Cow Garage
Two Cow Garage
Nearly a decade after dropping their debut full-length, Please Turn the Gas Back On, Columbus, Ohio based TWO COW GARAGE are poised to release their sixth studio album, The Death of the Self-Preservation Society to the world this September in partnership with Last Chance Records. With a thick wall of thundering drums and exploding guitars propping up the band’s snarky style of storytelling, Two Cow Garage’s latest cut is set to shake the industry with the release. Recorded at HI/LO Studios, housed inside of a historic 100 year old barn in Eden, New York, The Death of the Self-Preservation Society showcases the unique mash-up of songwriting styles of both of the band’s front man Micah Schnabel and bassist Shane Sweeney. “We’ve recorded there a few times and we have just fallen in love with it,” Schnable said of the studio. “We sleep in the old farm house and wake up every morning to go out and record all day and night. The studio is actually up in what would be the hay loft and it overlooks the farm. It’s just a great place to be locked away and not have the distractions of every day life.”

The band launched into this recording with a brand new approach. When asked about the recording process, Schnabel explained, “We laid a drum track first and then laid the bass. After that, instead of piling on guitars, we laid the lead vocal. From there we only added parts that we thought the song needed. We really tried to let the songs breathe. We did each single song start to finish before moving on to the next. I really feel like it helped give each song its own identity and feel.”

Several guests dropped by the studio to record with the trio, including members of Cheap Girls. “We got lucky and our good friends Cheap Girls were playing in Buffalo while we were recording. They stopped by and we had Ian Graham sing a verse on the song “Stars and Gutters” his brother Ben also ended up singing on the chorus,” Schnable remarked of the appearances.

Producing the album themselves, Two Cow Garage has managed to compose a near flawless collection of tracks possessing a near perfect balance of old, historic punk qualities and new radio friendly pop-punk attributes. For example, “Little Prince and Johnny Toxic,” the album’s opening track, propels the album into a full-tilt frenzy from the line “no one makes it out alive.” “My Friend Adam” and the album’s title track, “The Death of the Self-Preservation Society” follow suit, projecting the band’s raw and uncensored outlooks on the current state of society. With a jaded tone and a ‘take no prisoners’ snarl, the track kicks the door open to a straightforward and matter of fact album holding nothing back. Even the softest tones on the album, like “Mantle in ’56” come connected to a sense of reality few bands are brave enough to ever approach. However, with Two Cow Garage, this tone is both natural and a candid reflection of their views of the world.

Two Cow Garage, has been one of the hardest working touring groups since their formation in 2001. In 2003, the band released their debut full-length, Please Turn the Gas Back On. On the strength of the album’s opening track, “Been So Long”, the band has mustered four additional full-length releases, a handful of singles, and a few solo efforts. The band has paraded their brand of heart-wrenching, yet ferocious rock-n-roll, which calls to mind Nirvana, The Men, and Dinosaur, Jr. through countless North American tours as well as several European sojourns. Two Cow Garage’s 2010 release, Sweet Saint Me, not only managed to get airplay on WXPN’s World Café, it also found its way onto many critics’ best-of lists. The band has performed at numerous festivals including SXSW, CMJ, Kilkenny Rhythm ‘n Roots, and the Lucero Family Picnic, and has toured with acts like The Hold Steady, Drag the River, Slobberbone, and Glossary.
Venue Information:
Durty Nellie's
180 N Smith Street
Palatine, IL, 60067
http://www.durtynellies.com