Larry and His Flask

Larry And His Flask is more than the sum of its parts. Jamin Marshall, Ian Cook, Andrew Carew, Jesse Marshall and Kirk Skatvold have formed something fresh and unique; cherry picking some of the best sounds of many genres to create a high energy punch in the gut that is also somehow sweet and harmonious.

Hailing from Bend, Oregon in the eastern shadow of the Cascade mountain range; the landscape seems to flow into their music like the many rivers that crisscross their native territory.

Getting their start in 2003 as a blood, sweat and beers punk ensemble, they cut their teeth all across the U.S. and Canada and along the way eventually arriving at their current amalgam; a folk/rock, bluegrass, gypsy jazz/swing monster. They have crafted their own genre name to properly describe their sound: Post-Americana.

2010 saw the start of a string of solid releases; beginning with a self titled EP, 2011’s “All That We Know”, 2012’s “Hobos Lament” and 2013’s “By The Lamplight”. They’ve since taken them on tour all around the globe, shattering audiences from Honolulu to Holland and everywhere in between.

A notoriously raucous live band, Larry And His Flask have always seemed to deliver the best of both worlds, melodic and engaging records and a maelstrom of a live performance.

2018 marks the return of the band after a short hiatus; and judging from the material that comprises their forthcoming album, “This Remedy”, they’re all the better for it. Once again breaking down the barriers and blurring the lines between genres to create a signature sound all their own while retaining every ounce of jubilation and sing-along power.

Hitting the road once again in support of the new record, Larry And His Flask can be seen all over the world picking up right where they left off without missing a single note.

Black Square

Black Square’s sound is a blend of ska and reggae delivered with the urgency and intensity of punk rock. As reggae music was the backdrop for these Hawaii raised punk rockers, the sound of Black Square came about organically from their musical and geographical upbringing. The band’s name comes from the Russian artist Kasimir Malevich’s 1915 painting of a black square. The theory behind the painting was that the material matter of art was without value and the true value in a work of art was in the feeling it expressed or provoked—without leading the viewer to a specific object based reflection. Black Square seeks to do the same with their music. Black Square was formed as a Hardcore Punk trio in 2002. Influenced by bands like Operation Ivy, Minor Threat, Bad Brains and The Clash, Black Square’s lyrical focus aimed at attempting to raise consciousness concerning political, environmental, cultural, and economic issues—many specific to Hawaii. Black Square released their first CD “End the Cycle” in the summer of 2004. “End the Cycle's” basic punk and reggae sound is a great musical match to the lyrics and stands up to the test of time. Written during the start of the Afghanistan invasion and Iraq war, “End the Cycle” is an early, powerful indictment against Bush-America's global policy. After “End the Cycle” Black Square added a horn section and moved in a more complex musical direction. Black Square released their second album, “One Glass of Water” in January of 2007. The album features songs covering such diverse concerns as teenage homelessness, globalization, militarization, and the Japanese internment camps during WWII). The added brass of T.R., G-bone, and Babyface make horns sound relevant again. The music, while not losing its edge, incorporates influences such as The Specials and The Aggrolites. Their third cd "Onward" was released in June 2008. In an era of digital perfection, “Onward” is refreshing in its organic musical feel and reflects Black Square’s continued social focus. “Onward” is a groovy-rocksteady jam that showcases the band’s evolution. Direct influence is shown to traditional ska music on this album without compromising any of their unique blend of punk-fused reggae tones.

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