THE LANGER’S BALL is back – bigger and better than ever! The core duo of Michael Sturm (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Hannah Rediske (accordion, whistle) have joined forces with Derek Jaimes (ex-Wild Colonial Bhoys) on drums, Drew Miller (Boiled in Lead) on bass guitar and Trevor Jurgens (veteran of the MN Punk and Rockabilly scenes) on electric guitar to create their greatest album to date.
The Devil or the Barrel opens with the original song “Whiskey Chaser” – one of four written by Michael on the album. Over the course of these thirteen tracks TLB mix and match a variety of influences which make up their sound. For example, the rambling American ballad “Rye Whiskey” showcases Trevor’s classic Rockabilly style while also making room in the mix for guest musician Dave Boquist (Son Volt) on 5-string banjo. The drunken violence at the core of the Irish folk song “Johnny Jump Up” is underscored by Drew’s growling bass. His distorted low end also adds a hint of metal to the instrumental dance tunes embedded within the songs.
The Devil or the Barrel also includes new studio recordings of three songs that TLB released in 2011 on their live album Drunk, Sick, Tired. “All For Me Grog” (another dark take on an upbeat folk song about the drink), “Johnny You’re A Roving Blade” and “Real Old Mountain Dew” all are significantly amped up. Going the other way, the band shows a light touch on “The Little Vagabond,” a William Blake poem which was originally put to music by Greg Brown. TLB take this uptempo bluegrassy song and ironically... slowed it down, proving that you never know what to expect from the langer’s Ball – except a good time!
#1 Rock/Trad Album of The Year 2012 – GrinningBeggar.com (USA)
#2 Album of The Year 2012 - ShiteNOnions.com (USA)
#3 Album of The Year 2012 - PaddyRock.com (USA)
9.5 / 10 - Punk.ie (Ireland)