After a lengthy hiatus, Laarks finally made their triumphant return to Eau Claire, storming the House of Rock on a frigid Thursday evening. Zoo Animal’s Holly Newsom and the Gentle Guest warmed up the crowd, and by the time Laarks took to the stage, fans had finally regained feeling in their toes. It felt like years since they’ve played a hometown show with their full roster, but it was great to see the guys certainly haven’t lost their knack – cranking out old favorites and teasing us with a few new songs from their upcoming sophomore album, due sometime in 2012.

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