Larry and His Flask This Remedy Album Review
Photo: Ben Morse

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest in the eastern shadow of the Cascade Mountains, Larry and His Flask are set to release new album This Remedy on Friday October 12th. Their first album in five years, few bands undergo a Metamorphosis as dramatic as Larry and His Flask. Formed in 2003 by brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall as a punk rock trio, they spent the first five years in a self confessed “primordial, punk-rock goop” with an aim of “party over perfection”. After the release of three studio albums and playing the punk rite of passage Vans Warped Tour, 2008 brought a line up change and radical change of direction.

With guitarist Ian Cook taking over lead vocals and original vocalist Jamin Marshall moving back to drums. They unplugged, added mandolinist Kirk Skatvold and banjoist Andrew Carew as well as recruiting a host of fiddle players, accordionists and others from local bands. Eventually swelling the ranks to eleven members, they added multi-part harmonies before contracting back to a core six members.

Busying themselves touring the world. Larry and His Flask built a solid reputation as a raucous live folk rock band. With bluegrass, gypsy jazz and swing blended into their unique sound. 2010 saw the start of a string of solid releases beginning with a self-titled EP, 2011’s All That We Know, 2012’s Hobo’s Lament and 2013’s By The Lamplight. A recent short hiatus for the band has seen Jamin move to a small island in the Caribbean, Andrew go into construction and Ian became a father two twins. From the sound of This Remedy, the break may have been the one they needed.

From the opening, Atonement bends and plays with genres and is full of great melodies. The fusion of Ska and Bluegrass is a rare thing but the banjo and horn sections provide some wonderful hooks. There are some moments of Mumford and Son’s radio friendly folk stompers in the form of title track This Remedy. There’s also towering choruses on Never All The Time. Which is such a comforting tune, you feel like it’s the theme to your favorite TV Show. Their jaunty, uplifting sound is complimented by a guitar track reminiscent of the late great Prince on Begin Again. While there are moments of a more straight up blues style on Hoping Again and the Stevie Ray Vaughn rocking blues of You Wont.

This Remedy is a record that grows upon you more with each play. It has so many hooks, melodies and differing styles fused into it. The first couple of listens is akin to going to see a comedian. Where you know you laughed your ass off, but can’t remember a single joke. This Remedy is twelve tracks of uplifting modern Americana. If you’ve had a bad day, reach for this. Its effect is stated right there on the cover.

This Remedy is released October 12th on Xtra Mile and can be pre-ordered here.

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October Tour Dates

13 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux Lounge

14 – Salt Lake City, IA @ The State Room

16 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

17 – Sioux City, IA @ The Marquee

18 – St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club

19 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

20 – Detriot, MI @ El Club

21 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern

23 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland

24 – Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House

25 – Washington, DC @ Hill Country LIVE

27 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

28 – Denver, CO @ The Streets of London Pub

 

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