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Gig At The Big Dipper Kicks Off Limbo Ladds’ Album Promotion

It took five years, but the local rock band Limbo Ladds has produced its debut album.

Now the power trio begins the daunting process of promoting the self-titled disc, beginning with a gig Wednesday night at the Big Dipper.

The album was recorded and produced a year ago by singer/ guitarist Don Larson’s father and uncle - Don Larson Sr. (leader of the band the Cynics) and Chris Larson.

The album contains eight songs, a seemingly short album by some industry standards. But the recording clocks in at 50 minutes.

“Limbo Ladds” is an impressive debut flavored with a multitude of music styles, from ‘70s-style groove rock to jazz to tribal music.

Geography has made a distinct impact on the band’s music.

“Spokane makes us cranky,” said bassist Ethan Hageman.

The result? The Pacific Northwest, especially the weather, prompts bands to record some of the most moody music in the world. And, vocalist Larson is as emotive as Northwest singers come.

Though Limbo Ladds isn’t riding any musical genre into the limelight, Larson could be a natural fit in such angst rock bands as Pearl Jam and Candlebox. He would have been a perfect replacement for the late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood.

All three Limbo Ladds musicians - including drummer Steve Ellis - believe their band is evolving and the group’s album might serve as an indication of the direction Limbo Ladds is heading.

“Because I’ve just started to get to know these guys as a band, I think we’re just starting to dive into some of the things we really want to do,” said Hageman, who joined the band two years ago.

“I think the next thing (album) is going to be drastically different.”

The band plans to move to Olympia this summer.

Several bands open Wednesday’s show. For information, call the Big Dipper at 747-8036.

Elsewhere in the night

Citizen Swing plays Mother’s Pub Saturday along with Yakima’s Mickey’s Finn.

Citizen Swing is about to enter the studio to record the follow-up to its debut album “Cure Me with the Groove.”

Mickey’s Finn just released its first long-player.

Beggar’s Opera opens.

Music at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $5.