Jamin Marshall is at home last Friday afternoon and is trying to get some rest. Just two days earlier, he and the rest of his band, Larry and His Flask, drove 30 straight hours from Rochester, Minn. to arrive in their hometown of Redmond.
That's more than 1,800 miles, but Marshall isn't trying to impress anyone with that number. After all, the acoustic-meets-punk band has put some 16,000 miles on its touring van in the past seven months, zigging and zagging across the country playing shows - sometimes in basements, sometimes in bars and, when needed, on street corners.
But this time around, Larry and his Flask are returning to their hometown after what has inarguably been the biggest trip in the band's history, playing big rock clubs and theaters in support of famed Celtic punk act Dropkick Murphys on their always popular St. Patrick's Day tour.
Now at home, Marshall - who is an original member of the band, along with his brother, Jeshua - is looking forward to staying put and winding down. That might be easier said than done, especially considering the sure-to-be-bonkers homecoming show that LAHF has slated for the Silver Moon on Thursday night.
"Every time I get home from being on tour I think we're going to relax and rest and stop drinking. But once I get home everyone is like, 'Hey, let's party,'" says a laughing Marshall.
The tour with Dropkick Murphys, which was borne out of a relationship between the two acts when LAHF opened for Dropkick Murphys here in Bend, went well, to say the least. Dropkick Murphys fans are known to ruthlessly chide acts that open for their revered band, often chanting "Let's Go Murphys" during an opening set, which can really throw a band off its game, says Marshall.
After the first few opening gigs, LAHF hadn't been hit with the chant and they were thankful for that. But it was always in the back of their minds, says Marshall, because the Dropkick Murphys management let them know that every band that has ever opened for the Boston-based act had been pestered with the chant. But they made it all the way to the last show of the tour - which was actually in the Murphys' hometown on St. Patrick's Day - any they still hadn't been interrupted on stage.
"Before we went on, I was in the bathroom washing my hands up in the second level balcony and I can hear them chanting," says Marshall, "But we went on and it was the best show of the tour."
And the crowd never did get a "Let's Go Murphys" chant rolling, but they did chant.
"By the end they were chanting 'Larry' and that was amazing," says Marshall.
The tour also proved fruitful in that the band was able to record a few tracks in Massachusetts for an upcoming EP that, keeping with their DIY style, they plan to release on a seven-inch vinyl record, accompanied by a download of the tracks. The Dropkick Murphys sound engineer also recorded several of their live shows, and Marshall says the guys are debating the release of some of the live cuts - which he feels better captures the band's essence.
It seems that the tour has also been a watershed moment and perhaps one of confirmation for LAHF, a band that evolved from a three-piece punk outfit to an always-acoustic rampaging Americana sextet in the past two-plus years. The touring, the sleeping on basement floors and the street corner sessions (and a couple of resulting arrests) are all paying off, as evidenced by a growing fan base.
Aside from the Silver Moon gig, Marshall and company don't have much on the schedule for the next two weeks. But then they'll pile back into the van - all six (or more) of them - for a string of west coast shows. Come summer, it's a sure bet that LAHF will be playing across the country.
Marshall, however, isn't about to complain about his city-to-city, van-sleeping lifestyle.
"Sure, it does get very exhausting, but when that happens, you just have to stop and think, 'If I was home, what would I be doing now?' I would be working a job that I hate or I could be slightly aggravated in a van with my friends," says Marshall.
Larry and His Flask
9pm Thursday, April 8. Silver Moon Brewing Co.
24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5. 21 and up.