For a continuation on our coverage of the local bands playing at 35 Denton, we caught up with Two Knights (also known as Miles DeBruin and Parker Lawson), who will be playing Saturday night at J&J’s.
Why “Two Knights”?
Um, I’m not really sure. It was just something dumb we made up when we were in high school and unfortunately we never changed it, haha.
You both have been playing together since you were in middle school. Does that give you a special ESP-like musical
Haha, I’m not sure. Maybe. We spend the majority of our time together and pretty much think the same way, so it’s pretty easy playing music together. It just sort of flows.
Parker— your finger-tapping technique has received a lot of praise for its uniqueness. Is there something you
can point to as inspiration?
Well, I took piano lessons for a really long time growing up, and we started this band because Miles wanted to play drums (he had mainly played guitar before) and I wanted to play guitar, so we basically just learned the instruments together by playing “Dimension” by Wolfmother over and over. I was never very good at guitar, and when I saw people tapping on guitars I tried it out and I guess it came easier to me because of the piano. Plus it’s way fun to play that way. It’s also not all that unique—so many bands use it, all of them far better than anything I’ve done.
Not a lot of high school bands make it past graduation. What can you attribute your success to?
Well, I guess most bands that played in high school break up because they all go on and do different things. Miles and I, however, moved to the same college and room together, so it was pretty easy to keep it going, haha.
What do you hope people who see you at 35, who’ve never heard of Two Knights before, take away from your performance?
Well, I mean, I hope they like it, but the general consensus will probably be “these guys suck” or “these guys cry way too much.”