Published Dec 02, 2013Hamilton, ON's Harlan Pepper initially self-released their album Young and Old in 2010, and the folksy four-piece signed with Six Shooter Records to reissue the collection in 2011. Now, the band have lined up a new album for the label with Take Out a $20 and Live Life to the Fullest, due out in February.
Details about the album are still somewhat scarce, but a press release points to sonic touchstones like '50s rock'n'roll, '60s surf, the Yardbirds and the Traveling Wilburys. It apparently has little in common with slick mainstream folk sounds of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, since it reportedly finds the band "[heading] in the opposite direction of the hey-ho chorusing, hand-clapping pack."
The PR adds, "This album is not your average feel-good fauxk, it's a true blue rock'n'roll album that speaks to the contradictory essences of youth itself: innocence and lawlessness, ambition and loafing, odd jobs and big dreams."
Below, watch a grainy, lo-fi album trailer. It's less than two minutes long and features behind-the-scenes footage, homemade-looking editing and an upbeat folk-rock song.
In the lead-up to the album, the band are asking fans to send a photo or video of how to best spend $20 to live life to the fullest. The best submissions could have a chance to receive prizes or a spot in an upcoming music video. Watch a Vine clip for this #HP20 challenge here.
Harlan Pepper also have some Ontario shows happening this week. You can see the schedule here.