Two Gallants duo Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have been making music together since they were 12 years old, and friends since they were five.
Emerging midway through the past decade, the pair's blend of raucous folk rock came long before the sound was homogenised by the likes of Mumford & Sons and remained fiercely honest over three albums.
So it came as a surprise when a long hiatus followed 2007's single Despite What You've Been Told with many fans speculating the demise of the San Francisco duo, especially after they released solo albums and toured under their own steam.
The reality of the situation involved an unfortunate turn of events - Stephen was involved in a serious van crash and was unable to play the guitar for months, while Vogel was going through a painful break-up with his girlfriend who he'd been with for nine years - but the main reason for the time apart was to get space from each other.
"There was a period of time when we weren't talking very much but it wasn't out of spite, more out of a mutual acknowledgement that we both needed some time," says Vogel.
"That's the way our friendship has been since we were little kids and there were times growing up when we wouldn't talk for a couple of years.
"But it never ruptured the connection we have and for the most part we've been there for each other when we really needed to be there."
Five years on and Two Gallants are back with a new album The Bloom And The Blight, which ignites from where they left off.
Songs such as My Love Won't Wait and Ride Away show a return to the furious drumming and throaty howls of old, while Sunday Souvenirs and Broken Eyes are bursting in a new found melody.
The duo have worked through various processes and expanded upon old musical ideas, trying to mature as a band without sounding overly contrived.
"The time out definitely changed us and I think the more time you spend on this earth the more influence your environment has on you," says Vogel.
"We came back and started playing but had no idea what it was going to be like until all these songs started coming out through a totally different chemistry."
Two Gallants are about to embark on their first Australian tour when they will co-headline dates with fellow US folk outfit Deer Tick.
Their shows are visceral and chaotic affairs channelling the energy of the early years when they would perform at warehouse parties and underground clubs across the US.
"That spirit is still our root and passion and helps form our approach to performing on a big stage," says Vogel.
"Music shouldn't be confined to any environment and as performers our goal is to invoke as much feeling and reality in any situation."
- Dates for Two Gallants Australian tour
February 8 - The Annandale, Sydney
February 9 - Northcote Social Club, MelbourneFebruary 12 - Perth Festival, Perth