Larry and His Flask was reffered recently via a well respected friend and I am so glad they were. This band is a breath of fresh air that happens only when talent meets soul.
There are so many flavors to the music it transcends its founding root sounds such as bluegrass, ska and folk and blends into an array of just kickin hillbilly stompin music.
I have had this CD for just under a day and it is already becoming worn! Check it out! We put a little taste in the jukebox for ya!
Musical anthropologists interested in the study of just how fast a band can evolve need look no further than the six upright, upstanding men in Oregon’s Larry and His Flask. Formed by brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall in 2003, the Flask (as the band’s expanding army of fans calls them) 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.
Over the past two years, however, Larry and His Flask has gone from crawl to sprint at breakneck speed. First, Jamin Marshall moved from gargling-nails vocals to drums. Guitarist Ian Cook became the band’s primary voice. And a trio of talented pickers and singers — Dallin Bulkley (guitars), Kirk Skatvold (mandolin) and Andrew Carew (banjo) — joined the family. (And no, you didn’t miss something. No one is named Larry.)
Determined to make music for a living or die trying, the six brothers set out in a van, intent on playing for anyone, anywhere at any time. From coffee shops to dive bars and street corners to theater stages, the Flask honed their sound and show through experience, attacking each gig like buskers who must grab and hold the attention of passersby in hopes of collecting enough change to get to the next town.
By 2009, Larry and His Flask’s train began gaining steam. 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. The boys have grown and changed, yes, but their shows are still gloriously physical displays of live music’s sheer power. In other words, keep your eyes peeled, or risk taking the heavy end of Jesse Marshall’s flailing, stand-up bass right between the eyes.
Most recently, the Flask has been blowing the lid off shows across the United States, including tours with The Dropkick Murphys, Streetlight Manifesto, Trampled By Turtles, and now on every date of this summer's Warped Tour. They're also slotted for several major festival appearances this fall including Riot Fest Philadelphia and Chicago, Seattle's SoundFest and Gainsville, Florida's The Fest 10.
In mid-2010, the Flask holed up in their crash pad in Central Oregon, working on songs for their first full-length, playing gigs here and there, and, in the words of Jesse Marshall, “fixing the van and all our broken shit” in anticipation of the next leg of a lifelong tour. The result was "All That We Know", which will finally see the light of day on August 9, 2011, thanks to Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.