Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Folk Punk Ruckus of Larry And His Flask

Lately I’ve been digging the supporting acts as much, if not more, than the headliners. Cadence Weapon during the Japandroids show, Math the Band on tour with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and as of Friday, Larry and His Flask at the Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls show, September 7th, Royale, Boston.

I'm a sucker for an double bass - Larry and His Flask

Six members, at least twelve instruments (that I counted, there could have been more), and a floor full of kids losing their minds; Larry and His Flask is a facial haired sextet, dressed in the finest vaudeville thrift shop attire and packing more energy than a truck full of Red Bull.

Larry and His Flask rock the Royale, Boston

The first thing to notice about the Flask, aside from the respectable suspenders, bowler caps, fedoras, and neckerchiefs, is the lineup, literally. All six members are positioned at the foot of the stage, like a revolutionary infantry, armed with a mandolin, banjo, and double bass, ready to entertain the fuck out of you. Their pounding, good time vibes, catchy sing-a-long lyrics, and the ever present feeling I should be drinking whiskey out of a jug while doing a jig, is the best I can do to describe the powerhouse that is Larry and His Flask.

Straight out of Oregon, the family band began taking root in 2003, and now consists of brothers, Jamin (drums) and Jesse Marshall (double bass), and Ian Cook (guitar), Dallin Bulkley (guitars), Kirk Skatvold (mandolin) and Andrew Carew (banjo), all six are credited with vocals and all of which are sincerely nice gentlemen. Getting around town, the band toured with the Dropkick Murphys in 2009 and is currently on tour with Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. I had the pleasure of catching the guys last year at the 2011 Warped Tour (Boston), where the small Ernie Ball stage did not do them justice.

New EP out Sept. 25 (courtesy of

The new Larry and His Flask EP, Hobo’s Lament, will be available September 25th of this year, put out by Paper + Plastick Records.

You can catch them during their national tour this fall. They’ll be back around the Boston area October 10th, at the Met in Pawtucket, RI.

And although no one in the band is actually named “Larry”, you can certainly purchase a flask from their online store.

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