Laughing Hyenas – Hard Times + Crawl [2xLP] – New LP
Crawl is notably the only of the Hyenas records recorded in Detroit at White Room Studios.
On Hard Times, we see the Hyenas influences are more Howlin’ Wolf/Muddy Waters than they are Nick Cave/Iggy Pop. The full-on sonic assault of the first three records has given way to a hard hitting groove that has a graceful Exile-era Stones vibe. Larissa’s simple and one-of-a-kind guitar playing has never been better. Brannon does more crooning than screaming on this one, giving us their most “musical” offering yet. Every bit as emotionally ruthless as their previous releases, the Laughing Hyenas went out on a high note with Hard Times.
“Shine” — from the Jabberjaw compilation
Laughing Hyenas were a band based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, that existed from 1985 to 1995. The band was formed by vocalist John Brannon (ex-Negative Approach), guitarist Larissa Stolarchuk (ex-L-Seven), bassist Kevin Monroe, and drummer Mike Danner. Danner would quickly be replaced by Jim Kimball. Both Stolarchuk and Monroe, who were new to their respective instruments when the band formed, would adopt the surname "Strickland" during their time in the band.
This line-up remained intact through the band's first 5 years, recording 3 LPs. Monroe and Kimball the departed to form the band Mule while Brannon and Stolarchuk added bassist Kevin Reis and drummer Todd Swalla (ex-Necros (2)). This line-up released the 1992 EP "Crawl". Ron Sakowski (ex-Necros (2)) would replace Reis on the band's final LP, 1995 "Hard Times". Brannon would would go on to form Easy Action (2) and later re-launch Negative Approach (with both groups featuring contributions from Ron Sakowski). Larissa Stolarchuk passed away in October of 2006.