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Larry and his Flask Live at Warped Tour 2011 Larry and his Flask Live at Warped Tour 2011 Itay K

Larry and his Flask are:
Ian Cook: Vocals + Guitar
Jamin Marshall: Vocals + Percussion
Jeshua (Jesse) Marshall: Vocals + Double Bass + Baritone + Harmonicas
Dallin Bulkley: Vocals + Guitar + Not Guilty
Andrew Carew: Vocals + Banjo + Trombone
Kirk Skatvold: Vocals + Mandolin +Trumpet

By Itay K

Sometime last year a couple of friends and fellow vinyl junkies handed me a 7" by Larry and his Flask, a band from central Oregon that they had seen open for Dropkick Murphy's in southern California. As a huge bluegrass fan, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I put the needle down. A fast-paced blend of bluegrass, rockabilly and punk rock, their sound was intoxicating. When I noticed they were slotted for Warped Tour this year, I had to go. Now, as bad-ass as the band sounds on record, nothing compares to their live show. It's been a long time since a band has truly entertained me from start to finish. Larry and his Flask are like a tornado of frenetic energy on stage, jumping into the crowd with instruments in hand, they know how to get a crowd worked up. At one point during their set, they successfully instigated a rabid fan to crowd-surf on top of another crowd-surfer like a surfboard. Finishing their set acoustically amongst the massive audience that had accumulated during their set, I overheard people around me praising what they had just seen, many saying that it had been their favorite performance of the day. I have to agree. With performances like those on Warped Tour, Larry and his Flask are just a short step from "blowing the fuck up" as they say.

What's the origin of your band name?
Jamin: Larry and his Flask? I can't disclose that information. No, we get that question a lot. It started a long, long time ago on Halloween. It was like my alter-ego - Larry, the dirty janitor. There is no Larry in the band. It's a myth, folklore really.
Jesse: He's someone to blame for all the bad shit.
Andrew: When you misbehave.
Kirk: Everyone's got a little Larry in 'em.
Andrew: My Larry's just wearing off this morning.

Is this your first time out on Warped Tour? What are your thoughts so far?
Jamin: Yes indeed. It's awesome.
Jesse: It's a traveling circus… We've done lots and lots of national touring, opening up for bands like Dropkick Murphy's and Streetlight Manifesto -
Jamin: But we've never done the Warped Tour and it's crazy and awesome. It's just nonstop.
Jesse: Nothing else like it.
Andrew: It's astonishing to see so many bands traveling all at once.
Kirk: Some days you wake up and you're like 'I'm not feeling it today, this is crazy'… and then you get in there and everyone's running through the gate. They just won't let you feel like that. You're pushed every day by the people that show up.
Jesse: 15,000 kids just stoked to see all these bands.
Jamin: Screaming and running and… There are some really good bands.

Who are some of your favorites on the tour?
Jesse: The Aggrolites, Foxy Shazam, Lionize…
Jamin: Bad Rabbits are awesome too. Funky soul and choreography - you've gotta go for that.

You guys just finished playing an impromptu acoustic set amongst the crowds out here - is that something you guys do often?
Jamin: Yeah, that's all we're slotted to do on Warped Tour this year, but we did get the opportunity to play on a stage and we're playing again today on a stage, but we went into it thinking and knowing that most of what we were going to be doing is just playing a bunch all over the fairgrounds or whatever.
Andrew: Roaming around ambushing people with music. It's a good advantage too, because we're not just subject to 30 minutes on a stage.
Jesse: We can play as much as we physically can play.
Jamin: Which, in the heat usually isn't very much, but -
Andrew: It's like four sets a day.

Your debut album is about to be released… How long did you guys work on it?
Jesse: Yes… finally! We recorded it in about six days, but it took three years -
Jamin: To get the money and the time to put it out…
Andrew: We've been touring so much -
Jamin: Yeah, we were on big tours like with Dropkick Murphy's and we didn't have a CD.
Andrew: People would come to the merch table wanting a CD and we'd say -
Jamin: We don't have one!
Kirk: We've got a t-shirt or bandana though…
Jamin: It was driving our merch girl fucking crazy, so we finally have something out.
Kirk: She pushed us.
Andrew: We finally put it out digitally. It's on iTunes right now. We only have the hard copies on this tour.
Jesse: You've got to come to Warped Tour to get the hard copy until August 9th when you can get it in stores all over the US as well as online.
Andrew: We're quite proud of it.
Jamin: We're working with Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.
Jesse: They're based out of San Francisco. Awesome label

Who are some of your band's musical influences?
Jamin: Everything from hardcore, ghetto, gangsta rap to jazz to space rock…
Andrew: We have a lot of influences…
Jesse: Certainly, don't forget Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, and all the bluegrass legends…

Is it difficult bringing your type of sound to a venue such as Warped Tour, with all of its hardcore and emo-metal bands?
Jesse: You'd think so, but it works to an advantage because there are so many bands in the same genre, you know, there's 20 bands that sound the same. We're the only band on Warped Tour that has a banjo, a mandolin -
Jamin: And a standup bass!

What are your plans after Warped Tour?
Jesse: We're gonna' take a month off and just relax and then we hit the road again to go out and play RiotFest in Philly and Chicago, the Fest in Florida - We're just making a whole tour out of it and then going through Canada on the way home.
Jamin: And then we have a show out in Boston, then Hawaii, then Europe.

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