On the Larch's 2012 album Days to the West:
Find out why the kids on the internet are calling these tunes as “A bloody f**kin' triumph”, “Gorgeous!” & “just what the doctor ordered”...
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"Not a single miss on this album: another winner from a group that deserves to be much better known than they are."
- New York Music Daily http://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/larch/
"...if you like the way Pulp and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook do their thing, then The Larch is for you..." Golden Mixtape
"For over ten years, long before 80s music was all the rage again, Brooklyn rockers the Larch have been making solidly good, cleverly lyrical albums that draw deeply on British new wave. Their latest one, Larix Americana is a bonafide classic, one of the best albums of 2010..cynical yet warmly catchy"-Lucid Culture
"For over ten years, long before 80s music was all the rage again; Brooklyn rockers the Larch have been making solidly good, cleverly lyrical albums that draw deeply on British new wave. Their latest one, Larix Americana is a bonafide classic, one of the best albums of 2010. It’s sort of the missing link between Squeeze and the Auteurs: edgy, politically charged, fearlessly and sometimes caustically cynical yet warmly catchy. Frontman/guitarist Ian Roure has never sung better, projecting with more than a hint of a grin or even a leer; surprisingly, he keeps his fret-burning to a minimum, maybe a half a verse or a chorus of sizzling solo at a time. He’s the rare lead player who leaves you wanting more."
~Lucid Culture http://lucidculture.wordpress.com/
In 1998, Larch (as the band was known originally - no "the") was signed to an indie label called Flamingo. The owner of the label, suggested they change the name to "THE Larch" (since at the time the trend was towards bands without the "the" prefix – think Blur, Oasis, Ash.) He has since stated that that the resulting 7" vinyl single (Free Kick b/w Anvil Chorus and Crashing Main Street) was "the best single I ever put out" and that "the sardonic "Free Kick" sounds like Nick Hornby's football memoir Fever Pitch set to an old Dentists single." (Though heavy on the sarcasm in Free Kick's case.)
In 2003 the Larch gained international recognition when their song “Bat Boy Signs Up” was chosen by Philips to be included as one of the tracks to come pre-loaded on their mp3 player.
Liza Garelik, a singer & songwriter in her own right (see http://lizasongs.com ) joined the band in 2001 to provide some high end to the boy's sonic spectrum with her excellent harmony vocal and later on added her keyboard playing to the band. Since 2006, the line up has been: erstwhile London busker, Ian Roure, Liza Garelik, drummer and occasional additional accompanist to Bob Weir's Ratdog, Tom Pope and sound engineer and musician extraordinaire, Ross Bonadonna on bass.
Their latest CD, Larix Americana features songs about satellite dishes, cell phones, fast food and fast drugs. Musically, they continue to mix their post-punk power pop with elements of psychedelic rock - broadening their sound and scope while retaining their former energy and wit.
"Psychedelic pop for now people"
"Fiery British pub-punk-rock with a sense of humor and spectacularly good lead guitar."
- Lucid Culture