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Late 2007: Zak Kaszynski and Lars Roeder move in together on the 3rd floor of Wentz Hall at UWL, Patrick Carthey and Casey Hautala move in together just down the hall, and Bob Tolson moves in on the 1st floor. They all run into each other and realize they all play instruments. Bob's roommate Tanner Classon is drafted as the guitarist and the band never rehearses. Also of note, Bob asks Sam Shilts to be the drummer the same day Zak asks Lars to be the drummer, and shit gets awkward.
2008: We all quit marching band 'cause it sucked and realize that not playing really really loud music kinda sucks too. Lars drops out of Jazz II and guitarist Neil Ferris transfers to UWL and into the jazz program where Bob and Zak meet him. He becomes the full-time guitarist. The band plays their first show in April in the Wentz Hall basement where Casey has trouble standing up with his sousaphone because the fucking ceiling is too low. Shows would continue through early 2nd semester of that year basically making it by on hits like Sock Monkey Fossils and I'm So Cool for every set, which are recorded around this time and take a year to mix.
Later that semester Bob shows up late to rehearsal in a shitty mood and shortly thereafter Neil quits (and now has his own jazz quartet, go check them out!). Neil agrees to play the rest of the scheduled shows...very important venues like the field in front of the CFA and a nearly empty park hut in Myrick.
The most noteable moment from this year would be the final song of the Baird/Trow Bash where the band attempts to cover Sorta' Like Being Pumped by Bomb the Music Industry only to discover that Bob's guitar had gone far out of tune, no one remembered the horn parts, the form was hazy, and Bob lost his voice.
2009: Having gone the entire summer without a guitarist the band has no idea what the future holds...especially since Bob starts a summer band (Vs. the Vending Machine) in a completely different town playing the exact same music, which still baffles everyone involved to this day. Finally the school year rolls around and we come to find that not only have we contacted two legitimate candidates for guitarist, but Zak has spent his entire summer learning guitar just to play our songs. When Joe Etten backs out in the name of schoolwork, Phil Branigan agrees to join.
The band releases its first recordings (1, 2, 3...EP!) for free download on bandcamp.com after a dispute between Bob and Zak over CD packaging (cardboard sleeves vs. jewel cases).
2010: 1, 2, 3...Walrus! finally makes their first dollar. T-Shirts are made, sweatshop style, after Lars purchases a screen printing kit. After making a couple bucks the band realizes they can finally leave La Crosse to play a couple shows and uses the money on gas to get to gigs in Winona MN, Burnsville MN, Appleton WI, and Milwaukee WI that summer. The band nearly changes direction when Lars is the high bidder on a synthesizer on Ebay, but decide to start a failing side project to justify some shady-ass shows in their own basement instead. When the second show is busted by the cops, all of 123 Walrus! rages, and thus rooses.