Larry and His Flask
Larry and His Flask are a high energy, six-piece carnival of a band that incorporate rock, folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk and alt-country into their own unique sound. Some people call what they do “folk-punk”, others call it “a bluegrass traveling circus” and everyone who’s seen them live rightfully call Larry and His Flask “down right WILD”. But no matter what you call it, this is a band that has to be seen to be believed.
The Flask hails from central Oregon, smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and is comprised of Jeshua Marshall on contra bass and baritone, Ian Cook on electric guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Carew on banjo, trombone and vocals, Dallin Bulkley on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Jamin Marshall on drums and vocals. Since brothers Jeshua and Jamin Marshall founded the band in 2003 the band has gone through several lineup changes and fundamental changes to their sound, but they have always held true to their reputation for an foot-stomping, mind-blowingly great time.
LAHF have toured the globe many times and have shared the stage with such acts as Streetlight Manifesto, Decendants, Wanda Jackson, The Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, Old Man Markley, Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three, Reverend Horton Heat, Strung Out, Trampled by Turtles, Less Than Jake, Against Me!, Andre Williams, Blackalicious, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore, Jenny Owen Young, and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.
In any given performance audiences are guaranteed to hear harmonica, contra bass, electric and acoustic guitars, drums, banjo, trombone, trumpet and baritone horn as all five guys trade off instruments mid-song while careening back and forth across the stage in a punk rock ballet of sorts, narrowly avoiding collisions constantly.
Their love of old school country, folk, hip hop, gypsy jazz, and everything in between comes shining through in their full length albums “By The Lamplight” (released June 2013) and “All That We Know”. They also released a critically-acclaimed 6-song EP (“Hobo’s Lament”) in 2012.
From street corners to barns, from squats to coffee shops, from dive bars to international music festivals, Larry and His Flask continue to bring their own brand of rock and roll to the people. Lauded by The New York Times as one of the most dynamic live shows around, The Flask strive to make sure that no one misses out on the fun. So, if they happen to be in your state, province or country do yourself a favor and check them out!
Celtic punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The group's use of Scottish Highland bagpipes has led to their classification as a Celtic punk band, comparable to Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly.The band formed in summer 2000 as a three-piece punk band. The three original members, who are brothers (Tobin Bawinkel, Justin Bawinkel, and Kyle Bawinkel), started writing songs in Fall 2000. By the Christmas season of the same year, they were playing their first concert. In January 2001, the band added Josh Robieson (bagpipes, guitar, mandolin) to the lineup and the band began including the Highland bagpipes and a second guitar into its sound.
In 2001 they recorded their first demo, then in Summer 2002, the band recorded their first full length album, entitled Rumble of 56. This recording was done in Rockford, Illinois, in a studio called the Noise Chamber. Their second album, Waves of War, was released in 2003. Their song, "That's OK," had heavy radio play on stations across the Midwestern United States. It has been known as one of the higher-rated songs Flatfoot 56 has ever played and is a crowd favorite at live performances.
In 2004, Flatfoot 56 performed at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois for a crowd of about 700 people. It was at this concert that the band released their third album, Knuckles Up. It has been the band's best-selling record, and the group continues to record and tour. The band has been signed to Flicker Records and has re-released Knuckles Up through the label. Their fourth record, Jungle of the Midwest Sea, was released on May 15, 2007.
After the release of their fourth album, the band embarked on tours. They also appeared in festivals like Skanksgiving '08, Sonshine Festival 2008 and 2009, and the Warped Tour. They are also set to appear at the Sonshine Festival 2011 They also appeared in the Warped Tour 2010 Tour Compilation album, and recorded a song for the Swingin Utters tribute album titled Untitled 21: A Juvenile Tribute to the Swingin' Utters.
In January 2009, the band announced on their website that they were recording a new, full-length album. On December 18 of the same year, it was officially announced that they had signed to California based Old Shoe Records for the release of their new album Black Thorn. The album was initially due for release St. Patricks Day (March 17) 2010, but was delayed until March 30, 2010. Upon its release, the album debuted at #2 on Billboard Heatseekers New Artist Chart. The first-week sales have also pushed the album into the Billboard Top 200 at #160, as well as other Billboard charts.
The video for their 2010 single "Courage" was nominated for a 2010 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for 'Best Director.'
In 2010 the Flatfoot 56 songs "Shiny Eyes," "Son of Shame," and "We Grow Stronger" were featured in episodes 7, 8 and 9 of season 3 of the TV series Sons of Anarchy.
The band is planning to start writing and recording new music in September 2011.
While not touring and playing with Flatfoot 56, Kyle Bawinkel sings for the hardcore side project Sexually Frustrated.[