13 Best Two-Piece Bands
What is it about the two-piece bands (mainly just guitar and drums) that have made them such a cult over the past few years? And even more to the point, why are they so good? I get the feeling that a two-piece band only needs two people to have a like-minded approach to their creativity, and probably the fact that they seem to attract really, really talented musicians. Here’s a list of some of my favourites, which is weird given that as a bass player I’d probably prefer we don’t get left out – but as always, if there are others you’d like to give the nod to please let me know in the comments below.
1. Royal Blood: Old school rock at it’s finest – with a very big sound.
2. Black Keys: More often with other band members these days, but oh boy, when they started out!
3. White Stripes: It’s good to see where it all started!
4. Honeyblood: Queens of the two-piece from Glasgow. Great vocals!
5. Voodoo Binmen: Very heavy and aggressive – so much energy!
6. Table Scraps: Fuzzy and loud, this Birmingham based duo really hammer it home.
7. Death From Above 1979: Now disbanded but pioneers in this space.
8. Japandroids: Canadian power-rock duo.
9. RAD FRU: The look is as good as the music – with sweet riffs.
10. DZ Deathrays: Straight outta Bundaberg with a dance/punk bullet.
11. Drenge: Brit grunge two-piece with a great melodic sound.
12. Slaves: About as garage/punk as you’re going to get from a two-piece.
13. No Age: Going strong since 2005 with their experimental punk.
Update: 15th September 2018
I got a message from Andy Cavaluzzi telling me about his two-piece (drums/bass) band, Locate Your Lips, from Milwaukee. What makes them interesting is that they were playing like this in 1981! Props to Andy as a pioneer in this space.