TWO GUNS hails from Long Beach, California and is comprised of frontman Kevin Poush (vocals, gutar) and his musical conspirators, Aaron Bradford (keys), Brad Lindsay (guitar), Harris Pittman (bass) and Gabe Palmer (drums). Amidst touring, the quintet recently finished their second LP, Far People in Far Places, and were joined in the studio by the musical talents of friends, Dina Waxman, Lauren Trickett, Peter Mansen and Erick Nieto on the album.
Already hailed by the OC weekly as a musical “out of body experience,” the group enlisted the help of Matt Wignall, (whose resume inculdes Cold War Kids and Mondo Diao to name a few), to produce, mix and engineer their sophomore release, and Sarah Register of The Lodge (Vampire Weekend, The Shins) to master the album in NYC.
The band’s 2009 self-titled, debut reached as high as number 11 on the specialty radio charts in the US while receiving airplay from over 40 national stations including both KROQ and KCRW in the group’s hometown, and the album is still hot in the worlds of TV and film, as they continue to receive exposure throught both. Their music placement resume includes Jason Bushman’s Hollywood Je T’aime (produced by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld; Director of Kissing Jessica Stein, Legally Blonde) and MTV’s The Jersey Shore among other programs, where the network used an impressive 8 of the 11 songs from the album.
TWO GUNS are seasoned west coast performers, having headlined legendary venues throughout the Los Angeles area, and shared the stage with noteworthy artists like Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), The Bird and the Bee, Everest, and Iglu and Hartley. The quintet also made their SXSW debut in 2011, performing numerous shows at the festival before heading back to Long Beach to put the final touches on their new album.
“[TWO GUNS] minds its blue-collar sensibilities on its self-released collection: The crunch of early Wilco is present here, along with the shimmer of the British-invasion bands of ’90s, an echo of Elvis Costello and that strain of psych-pop that seems native to SoCal bands. It’s the kind of heartfelt rock that makes you want to roll up your sleeves…”
– Kevin Bronson, BUZZBANDS.LA
“Two Guns, another outfit from Long Beach, opened, and its song “Land and Sea” — in which vocalist Kevin Poush coos like young-nerdy Elvis Costello sans the thick brimmed glasses — one of the night’s highlights….[and will appear on their] new disc, Far People in Far Places, out by the end of the year.”
– Orange County Register
“Promising the ‘newest familiar sound you could ever hope to hear,’ these West Coast indie rockers aren’t looking to overcomplicate the process. ‘The formula hasn’t changed a whole lot since the Beatles blasted the world with hook after hook, verse-chorus-verse,’ explains Poush. ‘A song need not be hard to figure out for it to be good.’”
“It’s the same vague sentience that set in after I heard Wilco’s “Summerteeth,” or, more recently, “Ghost Stories” by L.A.’s Everest: Just because your relationships suffer from faulty wiring doesn’t mean you’re powerless.”
“There we were, in our living rooms, totally guiltily engrossed in the latest happenings of… the Jersey Shore gang… It doesn’t take too much to surmise a guess that the woeful vocals of lead vocalist Kevin Poush didn’t exactly match up with the overly tanned, flamboyant bodies on the television, but there it was, playing in all its glory for Generation MTV, “Yellow Book.”
– Greers OC
“Carving circumference around bedrock band inspirations like Elliot Smith, Wilco and Radiohead… and keeping space within for carefully plotted pop that wears a McCartney/Rhodes comparison snugly.”
– The District Weekly
“Like a dusty desert highway, [Two Guns] first ever show made us thirsty for more of their melodic, good-tempered, solid songwriting.”
– OC Weekly
The vocals are subdued, never overpowering, never trying to outdo the music & lyrics that are beautifully arranged to the melodies.
– The De Mellow Theory