RIP Larissa Strickland

Larissa Strickland died recently of an overdose of Xanax. Apparently, she was living in Florida. I don’t want to spend too much effort going over the details of her slow fade out because frankly I don’t know much besides what I have picked up on various chat rooms and shit.

What I do want to impress upon ye readers of Last Days is that Larissa was the fucking Gods Balls of guitar players during her stint with the amazing Laughing Hyenas. A lot of attention went to John Brannon back in the day and that’s cool cuz Brannon’s vocals were (and are) an otherwordly shriek. But Larissa’ guitar playing was otherwordly too. Her ability to accentuate Brannon…her ability to hit the power chords at just the right moments….her ability to know when not to hit the power chords and just let the strings wash….

Make no bones about it, The Laughing Hyenas were NOT to be trifled with. They couldn’t have come from anywhere other than the Midwest, Michigan in particular. Why aren’t they more recognized today?


As many regular readers of the music blogs know, Larissa was also in L-Seven before The Hyenas. She sang. Eric posted this a while back at Something I Learned Today.

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5 Responses to RIP Larissa Strickland

  1. Peter - KBDRecords says:

    Sad news. Just saw a comment about this at my L-Seven post. LH never did anything for me but that L-Seven record still rocks my world.

  2. julio says:

    great player, great loss. it’s a fucked up world that her and brandon never got their part of the hype. well, that’s showbizz…

    julio

  3. rick mcginnis says:

    Saw the Laughing Hyenas several times as they passed through Toronto in the ’80s – amazing band live. They were, however, just one of the numerous decent bands that never got their due, mostly because indie, or alt, or whatever you call it, really was the devil’s music back then, at least in the eyes of the industry. And frankly, the people who listened to it just didn’t have the numbers to make it attractive to the business, dooming the bands to a life of clubs, small labels, smaller sales, and occasional work.

    It took the sudden influx of the boomers’ kids into the record-buying public in the early 90s to make soundalike bands that copied better bands superstars. Simple demographics, really, and not a lot we could do about it.

    Sorry to hear about Larissa Strickland – she was a pretty intense sort of person, from what I remember. I’ve been trying to find a copy of That Girl, my favorite LH track for years – I wonder when somebody might deign to post it?

  4. Joe Stumble says:

    Yeah I really wasn’t bemoaning the fact that the LH never became superstars and I remember how much indie music was hated back in the day. “The Unheard Music” and all.

    I guess my statement about “why are they not recognized more today” is more in response to the Negative Approach revival that has been going on for the last year or so.

    I dig how you managed to tie in the commercialization of alt music with the advent of the boomers kids. Never realized how much it was simply a question of numbers but in essence it really was.

  5. rick mcginnis says:

    Yeah, I used to be a rock critic back then, and wrote about that in a bit more depth here:

    http://rockcritics.com/features/nerve-mcginnis.html

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