Thief & Love has been getting some exciting local (and even global) press!  Check out the kind words from our new friends:

  • The Troubadour Show
    • “Two Bars From The Gun – A superb band with their own unique sound and energy combining the rawness of ‘The Attractions’, with the drive of ‘The Heartbreakers’ and songs that Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy would be proud of.  Thief & Love is a brilliant album, just begging to be played.”  – John Godfrey
    • [We even made John’s Top 20 albums from 2014!]
    • Troubadour Show Best of 2014
  • Daily Press
    • How to categorize Two Bars From The Gun? They are commonly described as alt-country, and the band is nominated for a VEER Local Music Award in the country category. That works, I suppose, though I would lean more toward the phrase roots rock. (Is there such a thing as power-Americana in today’s music genre stew?) The songs on Thief & Love hearken back to late-1970s and early-1980s heartland rock, when Springsteen was going down to The River and Tom Petty was making those Hard Promises. There’s a bit of Neil Young in the mix as well, especially when Gow adds a little harmonica.” – Mike Holtzclaw
  • JP’s Music Blog
    • “Thief & Love was released on September 23rd and showcases a band with a raw Americana rock sound that follows in the footsteps of Ryan Adams and Wilco. The band walks the tight rope between the country sound of Thief & Love and the straight-up rock of “The Cure” as they tackle both genres with ease and youthfulness. They give off a garage-rock vibe, a-la latter day Clash, on “Ballad Of Chet Wilson,” before closing with the epic Springsteen-esque feel of “Believe Me.” – Jim Pasinski
  • Out of the Box
    • Thief & Love is an ambitious concept album pulled off beautifully in a rocking Americana style. One of the best local releases of the year!” – Paul Shugrue
  • WXTG-FM The Tide
    • Thief & Love by Two Bars From The Gun is one of the best local releases I have heard in years. Gritty storytelling, in sometimes raw, but accessible grooves. Hard to not find comparisons to Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. Even early Goo Goo Dolls comes to mind (John Rzeznik idolized Westerberg). Wes Gow’s lyrics are thought-provoking and his smooth-then-rough vocal swagger are also reminiscent of a very young John Francis Bongiovi before the lights and tour buses. Best local rock release since Phil and Shea Roebuck fronted the Hollowbodies. If this was a cool indie beer instead of a cool indie band…I’d buy a six pack of Two Bars From The Gun.” – Eric Worden
  • AltDaily.com
    • “Two Bars From The Gun is soulful, Navy-town Americana that makes you long for a home you maybe never even had. There’s a searching to Gow’s voice that is borderline unsettling; an honesty rings true.” – Jesse Scaccia
  • A peer review of the album by Chris Ambrosino of the band Blue Ribbon.
    • “Under the hood of Thief & Love are 12 journeys into the realm of Americana as seen through expertly crafted songwriting. It’s the kind of journey that Springsteen or either Dylan wished they were still taking. In many ways, this album is a tip of the hat to something that song writing has lost along the way: the ability to transport. The overall production of the album sounds like you are right there, in the room with the band. You’re on this journey with them, and I heart that kind of production. It’s an art form reserved for the pros, and Two Bars from the Gun has captured it.”  – read full review here
  • 96x
    • “NOT quite Rock.  NOT quite Country.  NOT quite Americana.  So, what is it? Hell if I know… but it’s quite good!  Clever song writing, talented musicians and quality engineering and mastering make up Thief & Love – the first album from beach band Two Bars From The Gun.  They’ll steal your heart!” – Crizti Walsh
  • Community Service, RVA
    • “Not a sound that you would expect from Virginia Beach, but that’s a good thing.  Gritty, almost punk rock like vocals at times accompanied by musical arangements that travel over different genres throughout the album.  These guys definitely have tons of musical influences and they dip in to many of them over the course of the album.” – Stephen Dash Brown
  • Birdland Records
    • “I discovered this great new band with a great sound and heart felt lyrics.  Americana fans need to check these guys out; their sound combines the passion of early Springsteen with the energy of Tom Petty and Willie Nile.  Very impressive!” – Barry Friedman
  • MDORadio.com
    • It’s hard to say exactly why Thief & Love by Two Bars From The Gun has stayed in my “go to” rotation to listen to. It’s not like I don’t have a plethora of other Indie music that flows in on a day to day basis to MDORadio. Maybe it’s because it’s exceptionally well made, it has meat and substance and great vocals and musicianship. Or maybe it’s just the fact that it appeals to that something in my head that says “This. This right here. This is why I’m in the Indie radio business and why I love my job.” – She Diablo