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Larry and His Flask

Larry and His Flask: All That We KnowAll That We Know (2011)
Silver Sprocket

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I first heard of Larry and his Flask about a year ago. I stumbled across a video of the group performing on a street corner in New York City. Their clothes were torn apart, they looked dirty, they performed to a crowd of about five people and they were playing as though they were in front of a sold .
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I first heard of Larry and his Flask about a year ago. I stumbled across a video of the group performing on a street corner in New York City. Their clothes were torn apart, they looked dirty, they performed to a crowd of about five people and they were playing as though they were in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd. But the most important thing that I took from this video was the music. It was unreal. A perfect blend of bluegrass and punk. I was hooked, and I couldn't wait to see get my hands on the recordings they were promising in the near future on their website. The release of a wonderful three-song EP a few months later only fueled my excitement for their imminent first full-length album.

When I finally got my hands on All That We Know I was initially worried that the fast bluegrassy riffs might become dull and repetitive after a while. Luckily, they proved me wrong. The album is as close to perfect as it can possibly be. It features a few wonderfully quick songs, similar to the ones that I came to love on the EP. Songs like "Land of the Free," "Flags and Concrete," "Beggars Will Ride" and "Call It What You Will" will have you out of your chair dancing. Whether you'll be moshing or square dancing is debatable, but odds are it will probably look something like Sanka's dancing at the club in Cool Runnings. The album also features some great mid tempo tracks such as "I'll Be Gone," "No Life," "Ebb and Flow" and "Manifest Destiny." And of course there are some slower tracks like "Slow It Down," and "End of an Era" that seem to be perfectly molded for campfires and summer nights.

Overall, the album is just terrific. There isn't a single song that I don't enjoy. The album is perfectly mixed, and none of the many instruments seem to be buried. And one of the greatest things about this band is their ability to not only pull off the songs live, but pull them off with the energy that they bring to their shows. I really feel that this band will gain a huge following over the next few years, and in the mean time I will continue to enjoy All That We Know while I do everything I can to spread the word about this amazing group of musicians.

Best album of 2011, hands down.

 

 
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ozmanx (October 13, 2011)

First time I heard of these fellas was at Warped Tour. Seeing their regular set plus the acoustic performance made it worth the trip.

MagnetBox (October 12, 2011)

I'm surprised there's not more backlash against this. I can only imagine what the comments to this review would be like back in the anonymous posting days.

As fattony said, this album feels a bit too long. I think this band would be better suited to do EPs (the self-titled one was great) or LPs around 30 minutes long. That said, it's still a fun album.

niveK82 (October 11, 2011)

They may have been the best act at Riot Fest this year

thepopeofchili-town (October 11, 2011)

They don't do much for me on record, but... mother of God. One of the best live bands I've ever seen.

irish_punk_is_gimmickry (October 11, 2011)

hahahaha, best album my ass............hopefully the new rihanna album gets 10/10 too...........................

pringlet (October 11, 2011)

What the f*&k is this!? Polka? This album blows.

burntorangepeel (October 11, 2011)

Gogol Bordello is a good comparison. This band is insane to watch live.

fattony (October 11, 2011)

I want to like this more than I do. The EP was perfect because it wasn't long enough to wear out its welcome, but by about the halfway point of this album I'm ready to move on to something else. But neither this or the EP hold a candle to their live show.

Tittus (October 11, 2011)

Such a good album. Great review, glad to see these guys get the recognition they deserve.

sailin_on (October 11, 2011)

It is indeed, a great album, pick it up, se them live. I feellike these guys could be the next Gogol Bordello of blugrass. They just know how to party

burntorangepeel (October 11, 2011)

Album of the year! And even better live!

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