Seattle’s own Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band stopped by the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, bringing along with them plenty of ice cream from Molly Moon‘s, who created a special coconut flavor — with chocolate chunks and huckleberry sauce — just for them. Known for their punchy rhythms, melodic phrasing, and sharp guitar shredding — a style many call “quirky” — MSHVB centers around the family unit of guitarist and vocalist Benjamin Verdoes, his wife and band keyboardist Traci Eggleston, and his step-brother and drummer Marshall Verdoes, who is only 14. Fellow guitarist Matthew Dammer and bassist Jared Price are no less family in that they’ve been long-time friends of Verdoes, and when you watch them play in the videos below, you can tell just how tight they all are. Enjoy three songs from the session — “Who’s Asking,” “Cheer For Fate” and “Going On A Hunt” — and download a fourth song, “En Fuego,” which is our current Video of the Week podcast.
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