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?