The Rough & Tumble

The Rough & Tumble met when Mallory Graham found a notebook on a double-decker bus. When she opened it there were pages and pages of words from sad, old country songs, to-do lists with nothing crossed out, pages torn from church hymnals, minor league baseball tickets, self-written wedding vows, a Number 1 China take-out menu and a copy of the declaration of independence with all the vowels circled in red ink. She saw Scott Tyler sitting in the corner of the bus drinking coffee and she asked if it was his. “Yes,” he said, even though it wasn’t. “Do you remember the melodies?” he asked. “Yes,” she said, even though she didn’t.


We Don’t Believe In Monsters, Anymore…

…but would you please check under our beds? The Rough & Tumble are terribly excited about our new EP. And someone else was too! Check out this review by Nashville freelance writer, Megan Pacella.

I wasn’t sure that I cared about ambient folk music before I caught a glimpse of
Mallory Graham pounding out melodies on a chord organ, while her partner in
crime, Scott Tyler, perfectly harmonized along. Together making up The Rough
and Tumble, Graham and Tyler changed my mind with their 2011 freshman EP,
We Sing in Your House When You’re Not There. Equal parts sentimentalism and
experimentalism, The Rough and Tumble had my heart the first time I heard them
tell the story of Betty Shaffer through the lyrics of ‘Dust in the Corner.’

But that was then. Now it’s 2012, and The Rough and Tumble is releasing a new
album with a slightly new sound. In between a few successful living room tours,
Graham and Tyler carved out time to spend in the recording studio, honing their
new material for their sophomore release. We Don’t Believe in Monsters, Anymore is
an extension of the group’s debut album. Only this time, it’s more ambient in some
parts, and even folkier in others.

The standout track is ‘Parasol,’ a sort of love ballad with electronic undertones.
Although it’s short, its up-tempo melody makes it the perfect tune for open windows
or walking through your neighborhood—and the writing will have you reaching out
for the hand next to yours. Of course, as pop-driven as ‘Parasol’ is, ‘Tiny Camera’ is
just as heart wrenching.

That’s the thing about Graham and Scott. Together, they have the ability to write
the happiest stories, or the saddest ballads. It takes a lot of courage to walk the line
between upbeat and honest—and The Rough and Tumble manages to do so with
poignant storytelling and irresistible musicianship in We Don’t Believe in Monsters,
Anymore. Tune in for the release on Wednesday May 23.

-Megan Pacella

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