Modern, yet timeless. If you had to sum up Larry g(EE)’s debut EP, “Weekends,” those three words would be a fine start. You can hear the echoes of classic Stax sides in the punchy horns of “Yo Mama” and feel the intense romanticism of vintage Motown singles in the piercing ballad “I’m Your Fool.” Yet, unlike so many musicians drawing inspiration from those fertile sources, Larry isn’t interested in meticulous recreation: “I’m anything but a pure traditionalist or revivalist,” he says. Indeed, in the era of Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, Larry g(EE) strives for something authentic and original, making a connection to eternal feelings through his music. Call it a proudly analog vision in a fully digital world.
The Dallas-based singer-songwriter first made waves and earned critical acclaim as fiery frontman for rock band Odis, but felt the need for a creative rejuvenation, something far funkier and more soulful. In 2010, Larry struck out on his own, writing what would become “Weekends” over a summer in Brooklyn, and returning to Texas to collaborate with producer Beau Bedford (whose credits include work with the Apache 5, Dovetail and Kirby Brown). The four-track “Weekends” was released in Dec. 2011
“Weekends” showcases a strutting blend of funk, silky soul and smart pop melodies that become irresistibly lodged in your brain. Critics have called Larry’s music “finger-licking … enlivened soul music” (Pegasus News) and dared listeners “to find a single thing to hate” (Under the Gun). Larry has showcased his unique, intoxicating sound on stages from Los Angeles to New York City, with stops at South by Southwest, a stint on the Vans Warped Tour and high-profile slots opening for an array of national artists, including Ghostland Observatory and Linda Perry
Quite simply, “Weekends” heralds the arrival of a phenomenal talent, gearing up for a dynamic, exciting and artistically satisfying career, one as great and indelible as the artists he admires. The EP “Weekends” will give listeners a jolt – a burst of life-affirming, beautifully rendered music that evokes the past, even as it is firmly rooted in the present.