Pouters Rollers & Runts
Loud and Found.com sez: 'Our oversized ears know 'the gift' when they hear it. No lie. All the note-shaped pieces fall neatly into place here. The stellar guitar playing sparks neck-high goosebumps. The peppy pop vocals force an unstoppable tapping of the right tennis shoe. The Ska slant sound issues a wonderful breath of fresh, ozone warning air. Lead singer, Ian Roure, really does sound like a young Elvis Costello. And you obviously can't go wrong there.' Playfully sarcastic with an inviting sound reminiscent of early Squeeze (with nods to ska bands like The English Beat and The Specials) The Larch specialize in strong melodies, dexterous guitar, clever songwriting, soaring harmonies and tight yet inspired playing. Song subject matter includes; the joys of consuming raw fish (Sushi Habit - or is this one of them clever metaphors?) the use and abuse of flowers (Poppy Day) and songs such as Bat Boy Signs Up and Paperbored Packaging Association are sardonic and entertaining social commentary. More from the critics on The Larch: 'If you never quite accepted Oasis, this is your band.' '...masterful songwriting...' -Indie-Music.com '...crisp Squeeze/Elvis Costello songsmithery.' - Jim Santo, Demouniverse.com '(Pouters, Rollers and Runts) always good if you're into bands like Fountains of Wayne.' -Original Sin 'The Larch live in the world of clever and witty song-writing... ... The phrase twisting stays securely on the side of intelligence... -Splendidezine.com reviews 'A new Larch album is always cause for celebration in the Universe; few bands top 'em in the Britpop category.' - Jim Santo, Demouniverse.com 'The Larch: An interesting recipe; take two cups of late sixties Brit, add a pinch of hippie, then bake till glam - the sound, not the look rise to the top.' - The Village Voice/Voice Choices section. '...fantastic brilliant CDs!!!' '...highest culture and mastery' -Radio Penguin, Siberia.