Two Cheers is singer/songwriter Bryan Akcasu’s music project based in Los Angeles. Bryan writes, records, and mixes exclusively in basements, bedrooms, and closets instead of studios.
Two Cheers began as a solo project in Los Angeles in 2014 with a self-titled record of slick, catchy, Cure-esque rock with deep beats and sparkly 90s flourishes. Guitarist Mitchell Dill and bassist Al Aguilar joined Two Cheers for 2015’s Splendor and 2016’s singles “Black Hole” and “Condos", which gained praise from the blogosphere for their infectious energy, vivid lyricism, exuberant vocals, and intricate-yet-rocking guitar work. Bryan’s lyrics are vivid, chaotic, poetic, deeply personal, comictragic stream-of-consciousness vignettes. Bryan re-formed Two Cheers in Detroit for 2016-2017, culminating in a performance at Detroit’s famous Dally In The Alley festival and a record release show tie-in with Corktown STRUT for 2017’s Rollick which featured lusher production, glittering guitars, soaring synths, and darker moods, and owed its sound and sorrowful themes to the death of Bryan’s mother that year. NPR used the band’s acoustic version of “Splendor” to promote the Tiny Desk Contest. Around this time Bryan also appeared in The Unknown Tour documentary and lended vocals to the soundtrack. After a few years of playing shows around Detroit, Bryan decided to break up the Detroit iteration of Two Cheers, take hiatus, relocate back to Los Angeles where he’s been recording new music for 2019-2020.