Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Meet Larry and His Flask

Band to bring an ‘a**-slapping good time’ to Hailey

Express Staff Writer

    The fluke was not an incredible stage show, when some guys from Redmond, Ore., were likened to the presence and presentation of someone with the stardom of a Beyonce. The lucky break was that The New York Times was in the audience when they played at Union Hall in 2011, and the newspaper’s declaration, along with a devoted following, jettisoned Larry and His Flask to the forefront.
    The band will play at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey on Saturday, July 13, at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $15.
    Founded by brothers Jeshua and Jamin Marshall in 2003, the band went through numerous incarnations and members before finally settling on their current five-member lineup and signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Vocals, mandolin and banjo are provided as well by Ian Cook, Andrew Carew and Dallin Bulkley with various facets of folk, punk, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, soul and brass band, which media coverage has said results in “a richly talented, uproarious, foot-stomping, ass-slapping good time for everyone listening.”
    Here’s a little bit that Jeshua Marshall has to say about it all:

IME: What was the genesis of your style?
We started as a three-piece punk rock band in 2003 in Redmond, Ore. In 2004, we started touring and continue to tour and write with many different styles mixed in.

What got you noticed so that your stage show was listed among monster productions such as Beyonce?
Our mission is to put on the best show we possibly can—we were lucky to have The New York Times in the audience.

Is that a conscious decision? To be huge on stage OR huge on CD? Or, do you just plan to kill it everywhere you go?  
Yes. Yes.

OK, so this is going to sound odd, and I can’t explain it myself. But as I listened to your song “Pandemonium” while looking at the band mug shots on your website,, I had visions of a Disney black-and-white reel, like “Dumbo.” Happy in bleak, dancing feet, whirling dervish. What visuals are conjured for you?
That’s awesome. It’s different every show and every time we play a song.

Do you have to get Europe’s attention to get America’s? Are they more open to different sounds?
I think any international touring publicity helps for sure. People take you more seriously as a band if you travel abroad. I think concert-going is a huge part of the culture in Europe and people are open minded and attracted to the Americana sounds.

What do most people do to your music?
Dance, romance, drink, cook, swim, skateboard, cross-country ski, archery practice. Anything you want to do!

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