- Image: The old Larry & His Flask. Check out the updated version at two shows this weekend.
Larry and His Flask, Redmond's fun-loving punk band is back in electric action for the first time in three months. If you've ever been to a LAHF show before, you'll notice one big change - a different drummer. Other than that, expect the same high-energy anything-goes all-out rock shows (complete with death-defying leaps off of the speaker towers) the band has been known for since its inception five years ago right around Halloween.
The band, which currently consists of Jeshua Marshall, Jamin Marshall, Dallin Bulkley and Ian Cook, is playing shows with Hands On Throat drummer Sean Rule and looking for a new permanent beat keeper. Their former drummer, Beau Batts, left the band in August after their national tour ended.
"He decided to leave for personal reasons," explains Jeshua, "And reasons that didn't consist of living [out of] a van and being poor," he adds.
In response to the loss of their drummer, LAHF did something unexpected - they went acoustic. With the addition of Andrew Carew, Brian Martin, Billy Mickleson and Kirk Skadvolkd, the expanded band has been playing fully acoustic since August and is currently recording a demo EP of its unplugged works.
"We have been playing acoustic for a few years but it was always kind of on the back burner and never felt quit right," says Jeshua. "To be honest, Beau quitting the band sparked a flame under our asses to do it hard since we couldn't play electric as much without a drummer."
Jeshua says that the band will always love rock and roll and will keep pumping out music in their signature style as long as there's electricity flowing and a solid drum beat, but is also quick to let fans know that the acoustic shows are just as high energy as any plugged-in LAHF show.
"The truth is we love all music - especially roots music - and the best part about it is we finally found something that we could bring all of our friends in on and it feels more powerful that it's ever felt before," says Jeshua.
The band released its fourth album Never Long Gone in May before their transcontinental tour, so expect some live renditions of popular hits like "Beggars Will Ride" and "Manifest Destiny" at their electric comeback show.
9pm Friday, October 31, Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr. 389-2558. 7:30pm Saturday November 1, The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-1106. $8.