Andy LaPlant has rarely been more grateful to play music with his wife than in 2010, when he almost died on tour in France. The drummer of Brooklyn psych duo She Keeps Bees had to undergo emergency surgery when a cyst near his spine ruptured hours before a show, and for the rest of the tour it fell to Jessica Larrabee, the band's singer and songwriter and Andy's partner of nine years, to serve as his nurse.
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Larrabee diligently changed LaPlant's dressing every other day to stave off infection. Another band, perhaps one lacking the foundation of a romance, likely would have called off the tour. Any sane group definitely would have had they run out of antibiotics, as She Keeps Bees did long before their scheduled flight home. But bailing on the project that binds and fulfills them never crossed their minds. The only show they canceled was the night Andy went under. Now, as Larrabee says, "everything else seems like small potatoes."More »