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Album Review

It's really a shame that the Bob Stinson edition of the Replacements never did much more than flirt with country music. If they had, the results would have sounded an awful lot like Two Cow Garage's The Wall Against Our Back, and that's intended as a compliment to both bands. Recorded in appropriately garage-like conditions by Slobberbone's Brent Best (who infuses the proceedings with the same ragged-but-right feel as his own band), the Columbus-based trio blasts out 13 songs that toy with grunge-era soft/LOUD dynamics at a thrashing pace. The relentless forward motion is broken once — again, just like on a Replacements album — by "Saturday Night," a solo acoustic ballad by singer Micah Schnabel that gives the otherwise Westerberg-hoarse singer a chance to be a bit more gentle to his vocal cords and the listener a chance to rest up a bit for the seething revved-up country two-step of "If This Is Home" and the flat-out punk fury of "Smell of Blood," which wouldn't sound out of place on a Hüsker Dü album. Cowpunk (as opposed to the more polite and rootsy alternative country) lives on in these grooves.

Customer Reviews

Amazing album, Amazing band.

As stated, there's nothing better than Two Cow Garage live. This album just shreds whatever device you play it on. Not a bad song on here. Recommended tracks: All of them. Highlights: 135, Burn in Hell, Make It Out Alive, Saturday Night. ERRORS: Track 5 is Actually the best song on the album - Alphabet City. Get it. Now. Love.This.Band.

These guys Rip!

Great Record. If you ever get a chance to see 'em live..Do it! HOT, LOUD & Will Drain you of your last bit of energy!


Formed: September, 2001 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A fierce and edgy alt-country band from Columbus, Ohio, Two Cow Garage takes the twangy melodies of vintage country music and fuses them with a muscular, amped-up attack that recalls Nirvana or Dinosaur Jr. as much as the Jayhawks or Blue Rodeo. Two Cow Garage was formed in the fall of 2001 by guitarist and singer Micah Schnabel, who was born and raised in the rural Midwestern community of Bucyrus, Ohio. Weaned on vintage country, Schnabel didn't care much for the mainstream rock that dominated radio,...
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