Harlan Pepper
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Harlan Pepper

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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“These young men write and play like old souls. There
are roots in traditional countr y, the Grateful Dead, and the
great folk rock and alt-country bands of the past like the
Flying Burrito Brothers, the Band, and Buffalo Springfield.” - Bob Segarini (FYI Music Weekly)


“… – alt–country, hard rock, blues and folk all blend
together but it’s the enunciation in vocals, the cadence
of phrasing, both songs and perfor mance, while simple
in structure, betray some serious crafting in lyric and
arrangement.” - View Magazine


“After just a few songs, you forget how odd it is to see
such young musicians successfully channel 60s and 70s
folk rock sounds. Once over the initial shock, though, it’s
obvious that they’ve got the chops to pull it off better than
many bands who’ve spent decades trying for the same
vibe.” - Now Magazine


Discography

Young And Old - set of nine songs - 2010

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Formed in 2008, Harlan Pepper are four young men from Hamilton playing music with an old soul. Channeling the ghosts of long-gone AM car radios and haunting the dusty aisles of small town vinyl record bins, Jimmy Hayes (guitar, pedal steel, harmonica), Dan Edmonds (banjo, keys, vocals), Thompson Wilson (bass, vocals), and Marlon Nicolle (drums, vocals) are barely out of high school.

Recorded at Hamilton’s Vibewrangler Studio with Aaron Goldstein (Huron, Espanola) Young And Old conjures up a session where Gram Parsons, Buck Owens and Hank Williams pay a Basement Tapes visit to sit in with contemporaries like Joel Plaskett and Jeff Tweedy. Moving from the wind-in-your-hair banjo-led opener Great Lakes, to the road-ready, hook and head nod of Little Miss Sunshine, to the singalong crowd favourite of Reefer, this is a set of nine songs that roll along with the top down.

Already an accomplished live band Harlan Pepper has shared the stage with the likes of the Sadies, Born Ruffians, Two Hours Traffic, Lee Harvey Osmond, Huron, the Arkells, and Feist. With the AM radio crackling out a distant signal and a stack of instruments older than all of them in the back of the van, the band will be touring all through 2011 in support of their debut album, Young And Old.