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The Bad Larry's Hodads Self-Released

The Bad Larry's
Self-Released February 2, 2018

By Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



I’ll admit, my last exposure to surf rock had to have been Smash Mouth’s “Walkin’ On the Sun,” Am I proud of that statement? Not really. But, it doesn’t matter, because this Bad Larrys album is really good. The Philly natives combine surf rock and early rock to create the kind of music that you can’t help but bob your head to. From the first song, I was at first taken back by the raspy and up-front approach the vocalist took to his sound but it quickly grew on me, I was hooked for the rest of the album.


Since this is a surf rock album, the organ tracks had a tone to them that made it sound like it was going through a guitar amp, and that’s exactly how I like it. Not only that, but the organ arrangements were top-notch. They were a great space filler, providing accents and the occasional lead without being too overbearing and unbalanced. In addition to this being surf album, this is also a punk album. I am quite the punk guy, and there were some great melodies on this thing. Far and away my favorite track off Hodads was the unemployment anthem “Fired in the Morning.” The earworm chorus you know after listening to it a couple times, the groovy walking bass line, combined with the already awesome organ, I couldn’t love this song anymore if I tried. “Barrel Roll Pitted” is another song I really dug, just for its absolutely massive groove. Did I mention this album grooves? This. Album. Grooves.


I’m honestly at a loss for words for how flavorful and fun the riffs throughout Bodads are. The Bad Larry's have the technique, songwriting prowess, and tightness to make big waves (this is a surf album, after all) in the scene, and this is one of the few bands that I’m sincerely excited to see what they have next. Bodads is a damn near perfect album for what it’s trying to accomplish. It’s groovy, it’s catchy, it’s flavorful, and it’s unwaveringly fun. Everyone deserves to have some Bad Larry’s in their life.




Band Credits:
Vocals/Guitars/Blues Harp: Sean Flynn
Guitars: Jaret Salvat-Rivera
Bass: Davis M. Shubs
Farfisa/Wurlitzer/Theremin: Ethan Flynn
Drums: Paul Fenlon
Vocal harmonies in “7 Foot Vultures”-Danielle Johnson

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