Meet the Band: Micah Schnabel (vocals, guitars), Shane Sweeney (bass), David Murphy (drums), Todd Farrell Jr. (guitar, vocals)
Straight Outta Cowtown: The group formed in 2001 in Columbus after what Murphy calls "a random encounter at an open mic." The line-up has changed significantly over the years and just recently underwent another change. "We just threw in some new blood and now have a new guy out of Nashville to play guitar and do some singing and whatever else we throw at him," says Murphy in reference to singer-guitarist Todd Farrell Jr., a talented player who fronts his own band, Todd Farrell & the Dirty Birds.
The Name Game: While the band's goofy name suggests its alt-country sound, the group doesn't adhere to one musical style. "We kind of got embraced by this alt-county scene and this punk rock scene and this bastard in-between-ness of all these other things," says Murphy. "It's kind of bizarre. There were no immediate goals when we started playing. It was just what was coming out of the fingers."
Why You Should Hear Them: "Geri" is a snotty post-punk tune that draws equally from Tom Petty and the Replacements, and "Emotional Change" is a terrifically twangy anthem that's punctuated by hiccupping backing vocals. The tracks both come from the band's most recent release, 2013's The Death of the Self-Preservation Society. "I hate to use the term 'concept album' but it does share characters and themes," Murphy says of the album. "The whole idea was about different people's day-to-day and what came from living for the moment thing instead of wanting to retire. It's about jumping into something head first. That's the whole 'self-preservation' thing. Live a little bit." The band is currently focusing on putting out singles. It's already issued the piano-driven "Let the Boys Be Girls" and is in the process of recording another single. "When you're on the road a lot, it's hard to shut things down to record," says Murphy. "As much as we move around, it benefits us to keep putting new music out. We want to keep greasing those wheels."
Where You Can Hear Them: myspace.com/twocowgarage
Where You Can See Them: Two Car Garage performs with Public Squares and Brian Lisik at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Beachland Tavern.