LARRY AND HIS FLASK ‘Hobo’s Lament’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

LARRY AND HIS FLASK ‘Hobo’s Lament’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Xtra Mile Record latest signings Larry And His Flask unleash their new EP ‘Hobo’s Lament’ arrives in the hopefully warmer days of May. As you can already predict their label bow is a strong marker of the increasingly varied approach to the grit-driven folk rock of very recent years.

The six-piece from Oregon, USA with plan to release their EP ‘Hobo’s Lament’ digitally back on 22nd April 2013 then with a limited numbered CD EP on 6th May. So if your a little familiar with the band already I guess that’s not too surprising having toured together in the States, the Flask (as the band’s expanding army of fans calls them) come to the UK and Europe to support Frank Turner on his sold out album tour in April as well play a HUGE run of headline shows. Full list below, better bring a packed lunch!

Formed by brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall in 2003, the Flask spent its first half-decade stuck in a primordial, punk-rock goop, where a blood-sweat-and-beers live show took priority over things like notes and melodies. Don’t misunderstand: The band was (somewhat) skilled and an absolute joy to watch, but the goal was always the party over perfection. More recently, however, Larry And His Flask have gone from crawl to sprint at breakneck speed. The band’s new songs are a blurry blend of lightning fast string-band picking, gorgeous nods to old-school country, and sublime multi-part harmonies, all presented through a prism of punk chaos.

There are still strong punk ethics, Dropkick Murphys-esque approach, methinks on say, ‘Swing’ but that is understood, from the EP opener ‘Big Ride’ or the title track, that the band have not moved too far down a different road. this But its starting to become a pointless effort, the ‘Hobo’s Lament’ is what everybody knows already, something to herald, support and to provide everyone with a varied soundtrack to the days ahead. Enough said? Can’t leave you without introducing the band  Ian Cook – Vocals + Guitar, Jamin Marshall – Vocals + Percussion, Jeshua Marshall – Vocals + Double Bass + Baritone + Harmonicas, Dallin Bulkley – Vocals + Guitar + Not Guilty, Andrew Carew – Vocals + Banjo + Trombone, Kirk Skatvold – Vocals + Mandolin + Trumpet all deserve a mention, from 4/4 folk punk attack to New Orleans style brass bursts, strange to congratulate a musician on his fingering, especially in this day and age, but the banjo of Andrew Carew deserves much  praise in a non-patronising way, as do all of the six, ‘Hobo’s Lament’ works on multiple levels, a noteworthy release. 8.8/10

Steve Janes

Acoustic rendition of ‘Hobo’s Lament’

Full touring schedule is as follows:

17th Manchester, UK @ O2 Academy**
18th Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy**
19th Leeds, UK @ University**
20th Newport, UK Diverse Music/In Store
20th Newport, UK @ Le Pub
21st Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy**
23rd Middlesbrough, UK @ Dr. Browns
24th Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy**
25th London, UK @ The Forum**
26th Utrect, NL @ Tivoli
27th Groningen, NL @ Rhythm & Bluesnight
28th Vlissingen, NL @ De Piek
29th Cologne, D @ Kulturkirche**
30th Venlo, NL @ Queensday Festival
1st Lessines, BE @ Roots & Roses Festival
1st Aalst, BE @ Cirque Mystic
3rd Geel, BE @ Bacchus Cafe
4th Ospel, NL @ Moulin Blues Festival
4th Wortel, BE @ JH’t Slot
5th Kilkenny, IRE @ Kilkenny Rots Festival
6th Berlin, D @ Bi Nuu**
7th Hamburg, D @ Knust**
8th Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg**
9th Leiden, NL @ Q-Bus
11th Dublin, IRE @ The Academy**
12th Belfast, UK @ The Limelight**
13th Birmingham, UK @ TBA
14th Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
15th London, UK @ The Garage
16th Selestat, F @ Le Tigre
17th Weinheim, D @ Cafe Central
18th Attnang-Puchheim, A @ Pfingstspektakel Festival
19th Munich, D @ TBA
20th Raalte, NL @ Ribs & Blues Festival
20th Kortrijk, BE @ Vlasmarkt Feest
22nd Prague, CZ @ Rock Cafe
23rd Tubingen, D @ Hausbar Munzgasse
24th Basel, CH @ Das Schiff
25th Bramsche, D @ City Fest
26th Cambrai, F @ American Journeys Festival
27th Melle, F @ Le Cafe Du Blouevard
29th Pontivrea, I @ Beer Room
30th Conegliano, I @ Apartmento Hoffman
31st Montescudaio, I @ Shuffle Club
1st Compiano di Canossa, I @ Wild At Heart
2nd Bern, CH @ Reitschule Roessli
3rd Zurich, CH @ Hafenkneipe
4th Nuernberg, D @ Kuenstlerhaus K4
6th Berlin, D @ Wild At Heart
7th Hannover, D @ Glocksee
8th Copenhagen, DK @ TBA
9th Goteborg, SE @ TBA
10th Stockholm, SE @ TBA
12th Bergen, NO @ Bergen Festival

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