Two Cow Garage – III

A little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll, the Columbus, Ohio, trio Two Cow Garage are causing a stir with III, their third and latest release. III is simply an album full of good American roots rock a la early John Cougar.

Yes, this band band could rock a garage, but their music’s rawness reeks more of smoky pool halls and threadbare bars. Singer Micah Schnabel’s sooty voice and candid, unceremonious lyrics are the strength of this album. Check “Should’ve California” for proof. This track also underscores the album’s primary lyrical theme – that of taking a hard look at yourself and confronting your doubts.

“Should’ve California” is an acoustic song, but most of the disc is a romp of overdriven electric guitar, bass and drums with the occasional brass embellishment. The songs are simple and accessible. Highlights include “The Great Gravitation Massacre” and “Mediocre”.

But while full of good qualities, III isn’t setting any benchmarks. The album is more like a drinking buddy than a best friend. Nevertheless, Two Cow Garage has released a solid album that rocks with an honesty that many indie rock fans will find refreshing.