Roughed Up Folk
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Roughed Up Folk

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"Los Angeles Loves... A Night At Echo Curio"

"[...] Roughed Up Folk is one of five bands we've seen this year in the running for best new band of 2010. In fact, a year or two from now, the memory of opening this little show at Echo Curio will be long gone as they likely will be headlining much spacier spaces. Fans of Neil Young, Band of Horses, and Wolf Parade need to get in missionary position for this band right this second. New record Must Be the Moonlight available now. [...]" - LA Underground (

"Unsigned Spotlight - February 2010: The Record Rebellion Presents Roughed Up Folk"

Get ready for some serious sound to drop when listening to the new ROUGHED UP FOLK album. These gentlemen, hailing from Los Angeles, are truly bringing a unique sound to the rock scene. The stylistic range of Larry Nichols (Vocals/Guitar), Brian Sawyer (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Brad Reaume (Bass/Keys/Vocals) and Ken Bernard’s (Drums/Percussion) newly released album, Must Be The Moonlight (2010), is quite extensive. For example, my personal favorite, “Took Me To The River,” is an up-tempo tune with a few, almost country style, riffs atop a heavier rock percussion, layered with catchy lyrics. It has everything one would want in a song played on repeat in a car.

While other songs on the album tend to have a more progressive psychedelic sound to the vocals and guitar, I think the full album really highlights the versatility of its members. Each extremely talented in their own right, the four of them together is a damn good mixture. The soft, dismissive tone you get from singer Larry Nichols, keeps these guys miles ahead of other progressive-rock bands currently around. I am a sheer believer in any album or band that can cause subconscious foot tapping, or what have you, and Roughed Up Folk is definitely one of those bands. When Must Be The Moonlight is over, you find yourself longing for the bands next release.

These guys aren’t foolin’ around either, Roughed Up Folk sounds just as great, if not better, live as they do on the album. I saw them live at Cranes Tavern in Los Angeles and was absolutely blown away, mainly because I was walking in blind not knowing what to expect, and instantly found myself in total awe. This rowdy group of chums are all experienced, serious musicians that know how to put on an outstanding show. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the crazy amount of people that showed up and packed into the small venue just to see the band perform. They sure know how to draw an audience! I expect great things from these guys in the future. Be sure to check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Check out the tracks below and find out for yourself why The Record Rebellion thinks this unsigned band is spotlight worthy! - The Record Rebellion (


Must Be The Moonlight (LP), 2010
1. Discover Us
2. I Knew You Knew
3. Unleash Your Mind
4. Worms
5. Took Me To The River
6. G To E
7. Release
8. Til Tomorrow

Roughed Up Folk EP (EP), 2006
1. The Sometimes
2. Stand Off
3. Big
4. Title
5. Mona Lisa
6. Mexico



Roughed Up Folk originated from a lone demo tape recorded in Los Angeles and mailed to Boston. Recorded by frontman Larry Nichols, the demo was enough to convince his long time childhood friend, and current lead guitar player Brian Sawyer, to move from Boston to Los Angeles to start the band.

In the summer of 2003, the pair spent two weeks on a farm in Massachusetts writing and recording 6 songs before setting out to Los Angeles to recruit the rest of the band. There they met fellow Massachusetts native Ken Bernard, who agreed to lend his drumming to the cause. Roughed Up Folk recorded and released their debut E.P. in the summer of 2005, and soon after joined the band Soundtrack Of Our Lives on a national tour.

The band split in 2006, though they all remained close friends. A last-minute Roughed Up Folk reunion show brought the band back together in 2009. Buffalo, N.Y. native Brad Reaume, who in the interim had taken on the role as a multi-instrumentalist in Larry Nichols new project Rett James Bonn, filled in on bass for the show, and soon became a permanent member.

Reunited, the band got to work on writing and recording a record. After six months of toiling away in cramped rehearsal spaces and makeshift studios, the band released their self-produced labor of love, “Must Be the Moonlight”, in April of 2010.

Currently, the band can be found bringing their "suprisingly loud and stunningly good" live show to stages all around their native Los Angeles as well as up and down the west coast.