Pioneering the way in antiquated banjo nerd rock, the Two Man Gentlemen Band breathes new life into those old ’20s flappers. With songs like “William Howard Taft,” they mine the absurdity of their sound by placing its context into something more fitting of the sound of that roaring decade, but still speak to the simple, vaudeville humor found in the faux Old Timey genre.

“My Baby’s Off the Market” and “On the Badminton Court” are wonderful examples of the rapid-fire banjo and drum work in which the band’s sound thrives.

The band’s lyrical content is best when it’s subversive and risqué. “Unicycle Blues” in particular is a wonderful play on the “bicycle built for two” mentioned in the popular turn-of-the-century song “Daisy Bell.”

Grade: A-

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