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Two Punch Gun plays Canal Public House

By Mike Ritchie

Photo: Drummer Tommy Bleigh of Two Punch Gun, who play Dec. 5 at Canal Public House; photo: Ethan Bielik Media

Two Punch Gun are about a year and a half old out of the chamber but they have already played 50 days (as of Halloween) with a string of new tunes on social media, playing a hybrid sound of mixed concoctions. Singer Joe Putt, drummer Tommy Bleigh, guitarist Steve Goulding and bassist Lando Jones have sewn together a unique, uncompromising formula of punk, rock and metal with an alternative flavor and attitude. They don’t fit into any one category easily, preferring to transcend genres and leave people guessing. Born and bred in Springfield, they have played Dayton and Cincinnati venturing as far as Pittsburgh. Inspired by Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down and the cinematic work of Will Smith, it could be construed they are a mix of Nirvana and punk with the vocal stylings of The Cure.
The band recently spoke with Dayton City Paper about their brief history, future ambitions, music and Dave Grohl.

What are the origins of the name?

Two Punch Gun: There’s no definite meaning, it was a song title by our guitar player. Our bassist said it was “too cool” to be a song so we made it into our band name.

Despite your early opinion of social media, you have used it to spread the word. Where can your music be heard?

TPG: We have six to seven songs on Facebook, YouTube, ReverbNation and Bandcamp.

With a growing set list, what are your favorites to play live?

TPG: “Have a Bad Day” and “Barbara Morton” from the EP.

The song ‘Barbara Morton’ came from a repeated wrong number joke … but is she a real person?

TPG: We don’t know. Apparently she’s a California lawyer. We kept getting calls asking for someone named Barbara Morton and we’re not Barbara Morton. We try to be a bit uncanny with our song titles.

You have played many shows locally. What’s your biggest show to date?

TPG: The All Stars Tour, with a bunch of national headliners. We played at the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, about a five-six hour drive and about 400-500 people in this little area throughout the day. We played early afternoon and it was already wall to wall packed. The reception was great, great atmosphere. For being a local, underground band the crowd base is slowly gaining but that was our biggest crowd to date.

Your music and delivery is a bit eccentric. Does it ever catch people off guard?

TPG: Yeah, we blend all these sounds together. Sometimes it’s a little jarring and hard to follow for people. It’s not mainstream rock packed. It takes a little paying attention to get it.

What has been your favorite venue or spot that’s made the biggest impression?

TPG: RockStar Pro Arena in downtown Dayton. It’s kind of become our home front. It gets a pretty good crowd and sound.

Are there any bands you’d like to tour with?

TPG: Queens of the Stone Age, The Sword, we’ll tour with anybody.

What inspires you musically?

TPG: We listen to every genre of music except for country. We get inspiration from all of it.

You mentioned that you have a particular admiration for artists that play despite injuries?

TPG: As long as Bret Michaels lives, glam is not going anywhere. Rush’s Neil Peart is one of the best drummers of all time. Dave Grohl, we give him a lot of credit.

Joe Putt, as the main lyricist, you say you draw inspiration from the virtual world and the drama of the “real world.” What are your main focuses?

TPG: Life, Halo 5, it’s all about dysfunctional, personal experiences.

Describing your music, song selection, wide pedigree of sounds and not being completely understood, what band would you compare your sound and early days to?

TPG: Metallica was quoted as saying “we’re too heavy for the punk rock scene and too punk for the metal scene.”

Will we see a full-length CD in the future?

TPG: Maybe within a year. We’re working on a new single to be released in December or January.

You agreed social media was a good idea in its inception. Have your feelings changed?

TPG: Social media is the devil. It’s a beautiful plan gone wrong but it’s a way to get your music heard.

Two Punch Gun plays Saturday, Dec. 5 at Canal Public House, 308 E. First St. in Dayton. Doors are at 8 p.m. 20 Year Crutch, Verment and Echoes of Empathy are also on the bill. For more information, please visit canalpublichouse.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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