Retro Swing (New York City)
Six years ago, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon escaped their Indie Rock treadmill and started street busking in New York’s Central Park with a mixed bag of Country, Bluegrass and hot Jazz. After two years of crap weather, early hot spot claims and meager street pickings, the Two Man Gentleman Band chose to earn their wages on indoor stages, a decision that impacted their musical style as they adapted their songs to rowdy bar crowds. They don’t sing “Fancy Beer” for nothing, you know. Bean calls TMGB “a good time party band,” and given their typical red-hot two-step, snazzy Jazzy stomp, it’s hard to disagree. If you’re not dancing, you’d better be drinking.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Squirrel Nut Zippers, R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders, They Might Be Giants and the musical comedy segment of a three-card vaudeville show. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ Their “keen vocal harmonies” recall 20s and 30s groups like the Mills Brothers. (The New Yorker)
~ Their pithy, irreverent original tunes are full of lyrics “so off the beaten path as to be virtually cliche free.” (Bluegrass Journal)