Since forming in 2005, No Second Troy has carved a determined and inspiring path from obscurity to national recognition. Feature spots in movie trailers such as “Charlie St. Cloud” with Zac Efron, highlights on ESPN, XM Radio and appearances on MTV have all garnered mass appeal, while critical acclaim from SPIN Magazine and the CMJ Top 200 music chart boosted its indie support. It’s perhaps because of this widespread acknowledgement that the group has had the privilege of playing alongside bands like Coldplay, Everclear, Pete Yorn, the Robert Randolph Family Band, and countless others at the SXSW and NXNE festivals.
No Second Troy enlists an undeniable self-awareness of their musical space between indie and pop. Employing a realistic perspective on the band, the music and the industry, Washington DC’s No Second Troy teeters on the edge of indie rock with introspective anthems rich in explosive vocal melodies, driven by railing guitars, and balanced by subtle layers of piano and organ. The band makes no excuses in trying to blend the pop hooks of bands like Arcade Fire with the unique indie-rock arrangements of acts like Death Cab for Cutie.
The element of self-awareness could stem from the band’s name itself. While many of the band’s songs touch on relationships, past and present, No Second Troy originated as the title of a William Butler Yeats poem, in which the author struggles with unrequited love.
Cal Stamp is a rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter. Taking cues from enduring American icons like Tom Petty and Don Henley, Cal writes songs that showcase his fresh slant on a classic formula: vintage guitar work, sing-along choruses, and character-driven lyrics about lovers and losers. Prior to his solo efforts, Cal was the guitarist and a principal songwriter for the alternative rock band Spirit Animal, who signed to Atlantic Records in 2018. Cal has toured the U.S. extensively, sharing stages with acts like America, The Struts, Fitz & The Tantrums, Third Eye Blind, Incubus, and The Cult. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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