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Brian Larney and the Town Hall
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
Doors 3:00 PM / Show 4:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
OSOG stands for “On Shoulders Of Giants,” honoring their musical roots, and on the way to their unique sound, they have done some deep listening. You may be tempted to think: Americana, and that would be true, because their life-water comes from the same well. But the creature nurtured on it, was born on the crossroads, in the Middle East, with the world in its ears.
The nine-person band features acoustic instruments, yet they are played with a 21st century sensibility. A song may open with poetic imagery and fingers pick out a delicate melody on the ukulele or mandolin, like a folk tune coming from an old soul, then something happens, a portal opens to the dark side, and everything changes. But in that intensity, you realize that it was always all there, paradise and the inferno are all part of the same whole. There’s a religious fervor to many of the songs, that resonates profoundly. It sounds like traditional Gospel and Blues, not because it is written in that manner or in imitation; if you listen to the music you soon realize that it is a raging devil-child of diverse influences (blues, folk, rock, punk, reggae – to name a few) and striking originality. OSOG’s music feels like traditional blues or gospel because they are harnessed to the same, ultimately subversive task: truth-telling.
Brian Larney and the Town Hall
Haunted by hooks and good old-fashioned songcraft. Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music making machine. The Connecticut native splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act and as the front-man of his band Brian Larney and The Town Hall. He's an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” It’s as rooted in the pop music writers of the mid-1960’s as the contemporary artists that he is often compared to, e.g. Jason Isbell and The Decemberists.
Larney grew up in the Northeast obsessed with well-crafted songs and the art of harmonizing. “I would get to school at 6:00 AM and sneak into the choir room just to pick out songs and work on harmonies,” he says. As a songwriter, his early efforts were he says, “overly complicated 7-minute opuses.” Through his varied tastes as a listener—which span pop to bluegrass—and work as a touring musician within a diverse array of bands, including the genres of power-pop, post-punk, acoustic and Americana, he gradually essentialized his songwriting style.
Cutting edge AI company and music promotion team, Zenabi, probably describe the Larneysound best. "His songs are organic spoonfuls of classic pop and folk, naturally sweet, non-GMO, without the sugar crash; his style hearkens back to the days of Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, and maybe a bit of Partridge Family."
Hist latest album, White, is an emotional reflection of the struggle and joy of relationships and life during these tense political times. It was produced by Larney himself and mixed by Grammynominated John Shyloski (Seth Glier, Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, Bill Evans). It was mastered by Blake La Grange (Chicago, Cheap Trick, Cake) of Mercury Mastering. Whitedropped November, 2018.