The melodic folk-rock songwriting of Two Sheds has impressed us since we first heard their terrific debut Strange Ammunition a couple years ago. At that time, the group resided in Sacramento, where husband and wife duo Caitlin and John Gutenberger still live, but with two band members now based in the City and frequent performances here, we're proud to consider them rising stars in the Bay Area indie music scene. We certainly aren't the only ones, as the group's local profile has been aided by some supportive bands and bloggers.
It was a bit disarming to learn that this is Caitlin's first band, and even more unsettling to find out that the singer-guitarist began writing songs just four years ago. Already, it seems she's able to build both quiet, moody pieces and up-tempo rockers, while the band's mix of folk, rock, pop and Americana stays uncluttered, raw, and beautiful. With a new self-titled EP released in May 2008 on the Fllter label and scattered touring throughout the summer and fall, Two Sheds is poised to reach an even bigger audience, and that's a development we eagerly await.
We sat down with Caitlin and John a few weeks ago to discuss their new release, the group's origins, and life and music in Sacramento. Along with the interview, the episode features two songs from the new EP and two from Strange Ammunition.
Thursday, August 14th
Sophia's Thai Kitchen (Davis, CA)
with Or, the Whale
Friday, August 15th
The Blackwater Cafe (Stockton, CA)
with Birds Batteries
Thursday, August 21st
Cafe du Nord
with Jackpot, Kings Queens and Bark Hide and Horn