Laughing Hyenas - You Can&

Laughing Hyenas - You Can't Pray A Lie LP

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Laughing Hyenas - You Can't Pray A Lie LP

1. Love’s My Only Crime
2. Seven Come Eleven
3. Black Eyed Susan
4. Lullaby And Goodnight
5. Sister
6. Desolate Son
7. Dedications To The One I Love
8. New Gospel

With their roots fi rmly planted in Detroit’s Cass Corridor punk rock and hardcore scene of the early 80s, John
Brannon (Negative Approach) and Larissa Strickland (L-Seven), along with the locked in rhythm section of Kevin
Strickland and Jim Kimball, the Laughing Hyenas took it to a completely different plane. Taking pointers from The
Birthday Party and Funhouse era Stooges as well as early blues and jazz artists, the Laughing Hyenas were a
fi erce, sulfuric blast of noise. Kevin’s sinister and hypnotic bass riffs and Jim’s tribal swing laid the perfect framework
for Larissa’s (she only picked up a guitar a couple months before the band was born) slicing, jagged, she might even
be murdering that thing guitar playing and John Brannon’s devilish howl.
Taking the name from a Mark Twain line, the Laughing Hyenas went back into Smart Studios with Butch Vig to
record their debut full-length You Can’t Pray A Lie. The Hyenas further elaborated on the template that Merry
Go Round set. Kevin, Jim and Larissa lay down deceptively simple hillbilly voodoo blues that at the same time is so
rhythmically complex you’re never quite sure what’s going on. Brannon’s vocals are as frenzied and intense as ever.
With the balance and everything just right on YCPAL, our dear Hyenas recorded and released one of the milestone/
cornerstone albums of the 1980s American underground music scene.
Bonus Material
NOTHING. Much like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Laughing Hyenas were strict believers in the “All Killer No Filler” way of
doing things.

LP Packaging: Reverse Board Matte LP jacket,
standard weight vinyl, full color insert
Genre: Rock / Punk

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