Larry and His Flask
For over ten years Larry and His Flask have been sharing their energy with the world. This band is one of the most lively bands I’ve seen in concert. When you watch them you can’t help but smile. The music they play has a punk rock folk energy. “The thing we enjoy the most about the impromptu shows for all of us is the surprise factor. People will walk by and hopefully we can put a smile on their face and make them hang around; maybe make them dance on the street.” says Jamin the drummer and co-founder of the group. As I stood watching them play with a smile ear to ear I looked around and saw a huge mosh pit. “Yeah, the energy has stayed over. We definitely put on an energetic show and there will be a mosh pit despite us playing folky stuff.” says Jamin. The mosh pit had people of all ages and styles, it was fun watching so many people enjoying themselves. It’s really incredible to see how well this band has done. They started from my home town in Central Oregon. Jamin says “Something that I always try to tell anyone who is an aspiring artist or musician is just do it. The sky’s the limit. I’m just a small town boy from Oregon but I’ve been all over the place. If I can do it anyone can do it.” These are words I live by in my own life, and this band is a perfect example of how hard work, talent, and drive can get you what you want if you have love a passion for what you do. Larry and His Flask tour in America, UK, Europe, and Canada and have supported several bands like Dropkick Murphys, Streetlight Manifesto, Frank Turner, Strung Out, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Trampled By Turtles. In an interview with mxdwn.com Busking the acoustic artist on stage said, “We play a lot of street corners if we are low on gas money.” When I first heard this I laughed, but now whenever I see a street corner band playing I thing of Larry and His Flask and smile. The name Larry and His Flask comes from a fictional character created by Jamin Marshall around the time of the formation of the band. With Jesse Marshall playing electric bass at the time and Jamin Marshall on drums Greg Johnson played electric guitar and were soon joined by Ian Cook who played lead guitar. The next addition was another long-time friend Beau Batts replacing Jamin on drums bringing him to the front as lead vocalist. According to the band they, “spent its first half-decade stuck in a primordial, punk-rock goop” where the goal was always “party over perfection.” If you ever have the opportunity to see them live do it!!!! I promise you will not regret it, and I promise you’ll smile from the energy put out.
Pictures taken by Crystal Sellers and also provided from larryandhisflask.com History information is from larryandhisflask.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_and_His_Flask, and mxdwn.com