Alaska band rocks the Marlin
By Sam Allen
The chant echoed into the night until Animal Eyes’ accordion player, vocalist and keyboard player Sam Tenhoff said, “Alright, okay, you got it!”
The band packed the Marlin Saturday, Sept. 20, playing psychedelic rock for more than three hours.
The intimate venue provided a new perspective for the band. The floor level stage provided a new way to connect to the audience, vocalist and guitar player Tyler Langham said.
“It was a like fun house show of the highest caliber,” Langham said. “It felt great.”
Langham, Tenoff, along with friends Figley, Haven Multz Matthews and Colin McArthur make up Animals Eyes.
The quintet claims Alaska as one of its homes, but have been making music in Portland, Oregon for 4 years.
Langham and Figley grew up together in Talkeetna. They have been playing music together since the 5th grade.
Langham then met, and started playing music with, Tenhoff, Matthews and McArthur in high school.
Though they relocated to Portland individually, after they gathered, they decided to play music. The decision has proven fruitful, the group plays more than 100 shows a year.
Langham enjoys returning to Alaska for shows.
It feels like coming home, he said.
“At first the shows were your friends and family and teachers and now the family is getting bigger and bigger.” said Langham.
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