I know it’s not really fair, but every time I hear about a new band made up of young whippersnappers, the first thing that comes to mind is Old Skull, the punk band of yore whose members were 9 years old. Considering that such “hits” as Old Skull’s ‘Homeless’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch) were recorded before Hamilton’s Harlan Pepper were even born, I really need to re-evaluate my curmudgeon-y “kids today” attitude. Clearly, youngsters have evolved at a rapid rate since the dark era of 1989. I am listening to Harlan Pepper’s debut Young and Old right now, and lemme tell ya, it’s a burner! These dudes have crafted a beautifully mature record, effortlessly blending a variety of folk and roots styles. It’s almost like they are the musical equivalent of Brad Pitt at the end of that movie where he is an old dude trapped in a baby’s body or whatever (although, probably closer to the character at the end of the short story that the movie was based on, since I heard a kid on the bus say it was waaaay better, and these guys are damn good).
Anyway, the boys in Harlan Pepper grew up together sharing classrooms and hockey teams. With prize money won from a local jam contest the band recorded Young and Old , Produced by Aaron Goldstein (Huron, Espanola) at Hamilton’s Vibewrangler studio, and began touring throughout Ontario and Quebec. The independent release went on to hit the Top 10 on the CBC Radio 3 national chart, and landed them on stages with a number of renowned Canadian acts. Not bad for a group simultaneously focused on graduating high school. We are proud to be re-releasing this most excellent debut album on Six Shooter Records on October 18th! Yay!
Check out Harlan Pepper performing This Aint The Country and Little Miss Sunshine on Southern Souls:
Album re-release tour parties are listed below.