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Two Cow Garage a little bit country, a little bit punk
Once resembling a cross between the raw punk looseness of the early Replacements and the alt-country rock of Uncle Tupelo, Two Cow Garage has dropped much of the rural twang in favor of straight-ahead, rough-edged guitar rock. The punk attitude is still intact, however, and the lyrics are darker than ever on barroom blasters such as "Brass Ring” and the angry "Bastards and Bridesmaids,” which should grab the local audience’s attention when Schnabel growls: "Well Oklahoma City was just leather jackets and noise / No blood spilled, no switchblades, just weak and scared little boys / Hidden behind some long dead forgotten scene / And we washed them clean.” Actually, the city in the song could be Anytown, U.S.A. Oklahoma City just seems to fit the rhythm and melody. "I don’t know, I tend to lean towards dark,” Schnabel said. "I try to dig deeper and get past the boy-girl kind of stuff. Maybe not trying to get past it, but trying to say it in a different way and show things in a different light.” And Schnabel is the first to admit that most of his lyrics are based on the hard facts of his own life. "I don’t know how hard and fast it is, but it becomes kind of the norm, you know? It’s just the way our life is. "We’re in a band, in a different town every night. It’s kind of the way things go. You kind of end up livin’ in bars. And when you’re livin’ in bars and when you’re playin’ shows, you show up, and people are there to see you, and they kind of want the party, you know what I mean?” And Schnabel promises the people will get what they want at a Two Cow Garage show. "It’s pretty blistering, you know,” he said. "About 45 minutes of energy.”
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Two Cow Garage
→What: Opening for Tumbledown.
→With: Andrew Anderson, John Moreland, the Dead Armadillos. →Where: The Conservatory, 8911 N Western. →When: 6:30 tonight. →Information: www.conservatoryokc.com.
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