Larry and his Flask is one of the most interesting bands to bring its music to the masses in some time. The best way to describe this Oregon based band is an amalgam of bluegrass, punk, rockabilly, and folk. The best comparison that can be made is to the likes of Rev. Horton Heat mixed with Hank III, The Legendary Shack Shakers and even a touch of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. Heck of a combination, huh?
Now, the band has even more of that musical mash-up on its new EP, Hobo’s Lament. Hobo’s Lament opens with the song, ‘Closed Doors.’ It’s a strong opener for the disc. It comes across as a song about a woman. Now whether that’s really the case is left pretty much up to interpretation. Musically though, it’s a really interesting piece that will keep listeners’ attention throughout the course of its near three-minute run time. Its official run time is about two minutes and thirty-seven seconds. So it’s not that long of a song. But it’s still one of the EP’s best tracks.
‘My Name Is Cancer’ is just as interesting a song as the EP’s opener. It comes across as a commentary of sorts as the band’s front man sings, “Doctors say/They’ll never cure you/They take your money…You call to God/Oh please deliver/But it’s too late…” The song goes on in this fashion. It actually comes across as being very powerful, lyrically. And the up-tempo almost anger filled vibe of the music helps to get the emotion of the song across to listeners, making it another of the EP’s best songs.
The whole thing winds down with one more of the EP’s best pieces in the slow jazzy/bluesy piece, ‘So Long.’ The use of just a guitar, vocals and a trombone make it original to say the least. That originality also makes it a song that anyone will enjoy. Along with the EP’s other material, the entire package is a release that any long time fan of Larry and his Flask and an equally good introduction for first time listeners. Hobo’s Lament is available now. The band recently wrapped up its latest string of dates in support of this new release. To find out when the band will tour next, and to get all the latest news from the band, fans can go online to http://www.larryandhisflask.com, http://www.facebook.com/larryandhisflask, http://twitter.com/larrysflask, http://www.youtube.com/larryandhisflask, http://www.myspace.com/larryandhisflask, and http://larryandhisflask.bandcamp.com. Fans can also order the band’s new EP on its main website, http://www.larryandhisflask.com.
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