The Two Harbors trail begins around 2006 when the band released a self-titled album (under the original band name Colonial Vipers Attack) with a lineup that included bassist John Schrei and keyboardist Dax Eckel. The first album made a good splash with local radio and press, listeners appreciating the music's dreamy, textural tone and the band's slyly catchy song writing. As the band started working on its sophomore effort, Eckel and Schrei relocated to the East and West coasts respectively due to "real world" considerations. The remaining trio of Pavlich, Johnson and Grider tapped their longtime friend Jeremy Bergo to play bass. The resulting lineup is solid as Arrowhead granite, as their new record "All The Places We Would Rather Be" aptly demonstrates.
Two Harbors has a spacious, wide screen sound, heavy at points, gentle at others. The group of songs that make up the new album are by far the catchiest the band has come up with. The song writing is evolved in new directions and nuanced in new dimensions. Pavlich as a vocalist and lyricist is earnest yet gritty, and a sense of melancholy and loss pervades even the more uptempo tunes. The rhythm section of Grider and Bergo can float or sting with equal accuracy, and Johnson's searing guitar atmospherics add color, sparkle and menace to the mix throughout. The interplay between the band on the live tracks shines through, complementing the moods and emotions of the singing, pushing the songs ever further into the pop stratosphere.
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