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"Small bands play big venue: Local bands play Recher at CD co-release party"

After spending nine months recording, The Lake Effect e-mailed Lefthandout to play at their CD release party of “Right, By Accident.” They never guessed both bands would be celebrating.
It just so happened that their first choice to play with them was also releasing their new album, “Casual Clarity” at the same time.
“[The CD co-release] came by chance. It was like fate,” Tyler Principe, vocalist, guitarist and saxophonist for Lefthandout, said.
The Lake Effect vocalist and guitarist Elliot Glotfelty said the recording process stretched over last summer, Thanksgiving and winter breaks.
The album finished in February and clocked in about 120 hours of recording time, he said. The work towards the album goes back further however.
Glotfelty said some of the songs were written five years ago, when he was just 16 years old.
Katie Conroy, a Frostburg student who attended the event, last saw The Lake Effect, then known as White Noise, after the earliest material on the album was written.
“I’ve been to one of their shows a long time ago,” Conroy said.
“It was maybe four years ago at the boardwalk. They matured; the way they play music, their stage presence, they really changed.”
Junior sociology major Chris Guzman had listened to the album before the show.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so energetic ... it sounded just as good, if not better, live,” Guzman said.
Guzman also handled the merchandise table for the night.
At the end of the concert, The Lake Effect sold 39 CDs, he said.
“Merch on the CD release night is hectic because there are a lot of CDs to give out, and I want to sell CDs,” Guzman said.
“I’m not part of the band, but its something fun for me. I want to sell a lot of CDs so they make a lot of money and get bigger.”
Lefthandout, aside from two songs recorded a year and a half ago, spent about six months in the studio, according to guitarist Alec Galler.
Though the band has played all the songs on “Casual Clarity” before, Principe said it is the first time playing the album straight through in a live setting. Drummer Justin Smith noticed the crowds’ interest from the beginning of Lefthandout’s set.
“The first song [on the album, ‘Tiny Wars [Right Place]’ is really fun to play. The crowd was really into it,” Smith said.
Galler received strong feedback for the album outside of the live setting as well.
“I gave one [of the copies of “Casual Clarity”] to my boss. She calls me about 20 minutes later and says we are ‘playing this 24/7 at the store.’” - Towson Towerlight

"Soundbites: 4/5 Lefthandout & The Lake Effect"


Casual Clarity


Wow. It’s always a special treat to hear a band holding no barriers against their possible creativity. At all times, Lefthandout sound both off-kilter and in complete control of the directions their songs take. With the wonderfully odd-phrasing and clanging harmonies of the intro to “What I See,” the surprise breakdowns in an otherwise subdued tune about a chauffeur,of all topics, or the saxophone screams on “Crystal Clear,” everything tackled on “Casual Clarity” feels like something new while still using all old tricks.

Now this would be the section where something negative needs to be forced out about these guys. But really, there’s nothing but impressive moment after impressive moment here. A special mention for Lefthandout’s drummer needs to be made, who very well could be called their secret weapon. It truly is wonderful to hear a percussionist adding textures beyond a simple backbeat.

Get. This. Album. - Towson Towerlight

"Lefthandout has a leg up on the Towson music scene"

In the early days of Lefthandout, guitarist Tyler Principe and drummer Justin Smith, then in their young teens, could only get into shows featuring the likes of All Time Low and Dropout Year.

They played pop punk because it was the Baltimore scene they knew. It was also easy to play, and they weren’t very good at their instruments, Principe recalled. Then guitarist Alec Galler joined, and they stopped being a “high school band.”

They expanded their sound, influenced by the likes of Steel Train, Dr. Dog and Radiohead.

“Sometimes it’s hard to book shows [with local bands],” Principe said. “Bands that played with us four years ago when we were still pop-punk look at us in the same light. It’s kind of weird, the disconnect.”

Since Galler signed on in May of 2007, the line-up changed a bit. Original guitarist Andrew Auberger played alongside Galler on Lefthandout’s first release then quit the band to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

Lee Hallett joined on guitar in May of 2008. Principe also picked up guitar and handed over bass duties to Andrew Freed six months ago.

Freed is a senior at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Md. The rest of the band is in college. Galler, Principe, and Smith all attend Towson University.

Galler studies computer science, while Principe and Smith are mass communication majors. Hallett attends the University of Maryland Baltimore County for recording. Principe and Smith use social media and marketing tactics learned in their mass communication courses to promote the band.

They release tracks and post live videos on the band’s blog. The band updates a Twitter account along with a newly revamped Facebook fan page. At the same time, Lefthandout doesn’t place emphasis on marketing their music.

“We talked in one of my advertising classes that you should never develop a product until you know a market is there for it,” Principe said. “It’s interesting because all the bands I love are because they go the complete opposite way. They develop a product because it’s what they wanted. Then the masses bought it because it appeals to them.”

In addition to the three guitars, drums and bass, Galler plays piano and Hallett and Smith play mandolin on their upcoming album. Hallett says that the parts are already “decently busy,” so the added parts “probably” won’t appear in the band’s live sets.

“We have acoustic shows in mind at The French Press [Cafe on Chesapeake Avenue] and on campus, so we could incorporate [the additional parts] in those situations,” Smith said.

Principe also plays saxophone on some tracks and, unlike the piano and mandolin parts, adds it into their live performances. Other than the added flavor, Lefthandout entered the studio this time with the intention of being able to completely pull off the album live as it sounds recorded.

“Our sound engineer was confused,” Principe said. “We’re all about pulling it off 100 percent live, because there is nothing more disappointing than seeing a band and saying ‘Damn, they’re not as good live.’”

Lefthandout will share the stage with fellow Towson band The Lake Effect on April 9 at the Recher Theatre, where both bands will be celebrating their new albums.

Lefthandout is promoting the concert by giving away their new album for $1 with a presale ticket purchase.

“We’re definitely pushing this album the hardest we have because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” Hallett said - Towson Towerlight

"Staff Recommendations"

Julia Conny: One of the best bands in MD Easily. ( - AbsolutePunk.com


EP: Self Titled (2008)
EP: A-Phase (2009)
Full Length: Casual Clarity (2010)



Lefthandout, or "LHO" for short, has been in the Baltimore music scene since 2005, various stylistic and member changes later, LHO has settled into the 5 piece lineup that is seen at live performances today. The group has a wide range of inflfences including My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Jellyfish and is sometimes even compared to Oasis. LHO is an extremely hard working band, and shows no signs of slowing down. They can often be found working around the clock in their studio, or constantly writing new music. All of this hard work has paid off. LHO has shared the stage with acts such as Steel Train, The Matches, and Socratic. In 2010 LHO released their debut full length album which has garnered much local appeal and national interest. Their live shows are always an energetic and fun environment, LHO always seems to draw large crowd wherever they perform. There are big things in this young band’s future.