Huckleberries Online

MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2006, 12:03 A.M.

Ah’m Your Huckleberry — Chip Off Old Block

You may know that SR columnist Doug Clark (pictured) can sing and compose songs as well as tickle your funny bone with his bizarre view of Spokane. But did you know that his son, Ben, will beat his pop to the top of the charts? Ben, whose middle name “P’Georgio” is sheer Clarkian fun, is the lead singer for The Lashes, a Seattle sextet that’s getting regular rotation for its single, “Sometimes the Sun,” in Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle – and rave reviews for debut album “Get It,” scheduled for release Feb. 21. Quoth AMG AllMusic: “Tight, exhilarating, edgy, and infectious, ‘Get It’ has got it all — a superb debut.” The reviewer called The Lashes sound, “"stroppy pop for now people," whatever that means. In his former life as a Ferris High student body prez, Ben formed a punk/pop band called “The Stoics.” But he couldn’t keep the band together when he moved to Seattle to pursue a music career. Two other Lashes band members hail from Spokane: Scotty Rickard on guitar and Nate Mooter on bass. For genealogists in the audience, Nate is Paul Revere’s nephew, the singer who had a hard time finding kicks, not the revolutionary horseman. Ben, Scotty and Ben are going places – literally. They’ll appear with the rest of the band on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” after the album’s release. At that time, the nation will get its first look at Ben’s signature wardrobe statement: four belts.

For a link to The Lashes Web site and music, click here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.