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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Eric Howk, Lashes Guitarist, Hospitalized After Fall

posted by on May 8 at 14:02 PM

UPDATE: Howk did not fall from a roof or a window of a house, as originally reported. At the time of the incident, he was in the backyard of a friend’s house. The next door house was under construction, and there was an unsecured hole in the neighboring yard. Eric took a step, not seeing the hole, and fell. Clark wanted to make sure people understood that his accident wasn’t the result of drunken horseplay or bad judgment.


On Saturday night, Eric Howk, the 25-year-old guitarist for the Lashes, fell about 12 feet from a house on Capitol Hill. He was taken to Harborview Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, and according to bandmate and Lashes frontman Ben Clark, “The surgery went as well as it could have, and we’re hoping for everything to go well from here.” Clark didn’t want to detail Howk’s injuries too much, but says that Howk injured his back and suffered “some broken bones.”

Clark couldn’t say how long Howk will be in the hospital, but he did say Howk’s spirits are high, and the band is able to pass on any messages you leave for him through his MySpace page or the Lashes’ page.

You can also e-mail him or send a gift through Harborview’s website.

Unfortunately, Howk doesn’t have insurance, so benefit shows are in the works to help pay for his medical bills.

The Lashes were scheduled to play an all-ages show at Redmond’s Old Fire House this Friday night, but U.S.E have volunteered to fill in so the show can go on. Clark says he’ll also be at the show, so if friends and fans want to bring cards or flowers, he’ll be able to deliver them to Howk.

We’ll post more info as we get it.

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damn...hope he has a speedy recovery! Note to self, drinking on rooftops not a good idea.

Posted by jim | May 8, 2007 2:50 PM

Hmmm...I may be being cynical here, but how does one just simply "fall out" of a window? Seriously. Thank god for benefit shows, seeing as they seem to be crucial to the existence of dumbass musicians.

Posted by clashes | May 8, 2007 3:19 PM

No one said that he fell out of a window or off of a rooftop. Are the Lashes still on Capitol Records? If so, it's especially ridiculous that major labels don't provide their artists with anything resembling adequate benefits.

Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2007 3:22 PM

re 3): The lack of medical insurance for artists has long been a sticking point for bands signing deals. When Girls Against Boys tried to insist on health insurance as part of a major label contract in the '90s, they got nowhere. Seriously. So even if the Lashes are still on Columbia, there's doubtfully any help coming from there.

Posted by Kurt B. Reighley | May 8, 2007 3:48 PM

MusiCares is a great resource in situations like this. MusiCares provides a safety net for musicians and music business workers in crisis situations. You can access their services by calling 1800.687.4227 or go to

Posted by Ben London | May 8, 2007 3:58 PM

I'm so glad you posted that info, Ben. Thank you.

Posted by Megan Seling | May 8, 2007 4:10 PM

I am a musician and I have insurance. I just make it a point to buy it myself. If you don't have a job that provides it for you, you have to get it yourself, it's true for a musician or a restaurant worker. It sucks and it's money that I'd rather use for other things every month, but that's life in the USA. Anybody can pick up an "emergency only" personal insurance plan from a provider like Regence or Aetna, which will come in handy if you fall out of a window, get hit by a bus or have your appendix explode on you.

Posted by MusicianWithInsurance | May 8, 2007 5:12 PM

re 1) and 2) just thought you might like to know that he fell into a construction pit that some dumbass, cheapskate construction company failed to fence off... I love when people put the Ass in assumption, good work.

Posted by YouGrandmaWithTheBrokenHip | May 8, 2007 6:42 PM

I wish I was there to catch you, Eric! I'll bring you a fan. (The kind that blows kisses.) xo

Posted by Kristen Truax | May 8, 2007 10:58 PM

Especially you, #2: You are an asshole.

Posted by A-Train | May 9, 2007 7:55 AM

Coming from a medical standpoint-any time back surgery is involved that can mean months of rehabilitation meaning his bill could be more than the median cost of a house in seattle. Thank the Gods of Rock that U.S.E is filling in and donating some $. I'll be at the firehouse for sure! Eric you are in our prayers.

Posted by jimmia | May 9, 2007 8:50 AM

I'm wondering if the "dumbass" epithet would also encompass posting shit on a website concerning an incident about which you know virtually nothing? So yeah, #2 commenter, I'd say "cynical" and while you're at it, you can add 'ignorant cunt' to that also.

Posted by Love for E.H. | May 9, 2007 4:01 PM

Love you, Eric Howk. I hope your lawyers sues the pants off the construction company. xoxo!

Posted by Danielle | May 9, 2007 4:08 PM

"if you ever better.... remind me to spend some good time with you. you can give me your number! when it's all over, i will let you know! hang on to the good days
i can lean on my friends,
they help me going through hard times!" i might have altered the lyrics a bit. hehehe!

guess which song eric!

one love!

Posted by rachealh | May 9, 2007 4:23 PM

Perhaps none of you thought that "news", especially posted from the band itself-- might actually have TRUTH in it. He fell INTO a hole from an unmarked, open HOLE with no barricade in the side of the area in which was gathering with we ALL do. Why does musician, drunk, party and insurance have anything to do with the fact that a young, talented man's life is FOREVER ruined.

Get a life, or shut up.

p.s. #2 I hope you fell on your head once, only explanation for why you are a moron who lacks a fiber of compassion.

Posted by Get a Clue | May 9, 2007 8:05 PM

I wouldn't say his life is ruined "Get a Clue" Eric is amazing and talented and has his whole life ahead of him, with or without physical hurdles. The fall could have been a lot worse, he could have hit his head and been mentally damaged or worse died. We should all just be so thankful he is ok and keep sending him good thoughts.

Posted by Amy | May 9, 2007 8:41 PM

#2, you are a hopeless jerkwad

Posted by oliwwod | May 10, 2007 12:18 PM

i love you, babe. all your friends and all our moms are praying...

Posted by jj | May 10, 2007 1:10 PM

eric, you're amazing. we all love you so much!!

Posted by sarah jo | May 10, 2007 1:32 PM

@14 that's phoenix! love that song! I heard U.S.E is going on tour w/ them.

Posted by huggins1 | May 10, 2007 1:52 PM

its tragic that his happened to the most undeserving guy i could ever think of, but most everything i've heard from his friends is that he has an amazing positive spirit and that he's the same old eric. what a brilliant guy.
so maybe instead of bitching each other out...we could focus our energy on healing eric :)
lots of benefit stuff will be coming up...keep your eyes and ears open! and GO TO THE USE SHOW TONIGHT! i wish i could, so go for me!
keep eric in your hearts

Posted by dylan | May 11, 2007 4:04 PM

Hang in there buddy, and we'll see you at the lake!

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Posted by Bill | May 12, 2007 7:35 PM

Unsecured construction site? Sounds like someone else is responsible for covering Eric's medical bills... But lots of love, prayer, and good healing thoughts go his way for a miracle.

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Posted by insurance classic for car | May 18, 2007 4:06 PM
28 are an asshole! You know nothing and should shut your mouth! You have no place to call an amazing artist a dumbass musician! What the hell do you do with your life!? He is an amazing beautiful person and a great friend! He still has his wonderful talent and will keep using it! I hope you realize what an idiot you are!


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