Columbus, Ohio-based rock band, Two Cow Garage, presents their seventh studio album, Brand New Flag, released on Last Chance Records. Brand New Flag comes on the heels of the band's acclaimed 2014 release, The Death of the Self-Preservation Society, and further elaborates Two Cow Garage's ever-broadening stylistic and songwriting methodologies.
Powered by tight grooves and melodic arrangements, Brand New Flag works to firmly embed listeners in the heart of the Two Cow Garage universe; the record offers personal insights ripe with reflection on contemporary issues, as well as existential considerations that showcase the lyrical prowess of the band's two songwriters, Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney. This record fittingly sees Two Cow Garage enter its 15th year without any compromise of commitment, energy, or intent. Brand New Flag's 12 songs metaphorically demonstrate how one's worldview can simultaneously shape and be shaped by one's experience.
Recorded primarily at Kingston Springs, TN's Bedbug Studios by guitarist/singer Todd Farrell, Jr., Brand New Flag showcases textures and dimensions that reflect the band's tight-knit, Art or Die ethos. The songs channel Two Cow Garage's energetic and straightforward live style and incorporate a multi-instrumental approach to composition. Mixed by Glossary's Joey Knieser, engineered/produced by Todd Farrell, Jr., and mastered by Nashville's Chris Frasco, the record, as an entity, grows and morphs through its 12 tracks into a construct that binds listeners to the band through the fabric of the human condition.
Brand New Flag stays true to The Death of the Self-Preservation Society's efforts to balance archetypical punk qualities with folk attributes while the songs work to honor their functional and theoretical origins.