Published Mar 18, 2014On one's first encounter with Harlan Pepper, it may be hard to believe the members are only 21. The band really doesn't sound like four young men just old enough to enter a bar in the States. The Hamilton quartet have the spirit of classic rock n' roll engraved in their music.
It's this essence, lined with '60s psychedelia and folk, that shines on their new record Take Out a $20 and Live Life to the Fullest. The band stopped by Exclaim! for a performance of "Soulless Boogie," a cut from the new album.
With a strip of sunlight streaming through the window, the band breaks into a rock n' roll boogie fit for a late '50s tavern by the highway on the edge of town. Between milk crates and amps adorned with books, the two singers harmonize at the top of the mix with a vintage twang to their voices. Chords are struck and slides glide across the strings of the two arch-top guitars as the bass and snare drum keep time to the upbeat roots rock tune.
Watch the video now in the player below, and make sure to catch the band on their tour, which includes a record release party in their home town, plus a spring tour with Corb Lund.
03/20 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood (Record Release Show)
03/25 Toronto, ON - Cameron House
04/04 Thornbury, ON - Bridges Tavern
04/05 Thornbury, ON - Bridges Tavern
04/10 Wakefield, ON - Blacksheep Inn
Filmed by Roberto Granados-Ocon
Audio by Nash Bussieres
Edited by Tiana Feng