This is great! Which album do you vote for? I say “As Good As Dead”, mainly because that album brings back so many good memories. *sigh*
These Chicagoans never could do anything the easy way, and playing a random record chosen by the audience the night of the show is the next challenge in store for the band. Local H has kept on going through trying times that would have finished off most others. Although Scott Lucas is the sole remaining member of the original band—which once numbered four, then dwindled to three and finally the two-man lineup that’s been in place since 2000—Local H has always been a maverick outfit. The deliberate decision to work sans bassist—Scott covers the bottom via bass pickups added to his guitar—confused some record labels but Lucas has remained insistent that his vision would not be compromised. The earliest albums—Ham Fisted (1995), As Good as Dead (1996) and Pack Up the Cats (1998)—went a long way toward establishing Local H as a new creative force. Formed in Zion, Illinois, the band quickly established a loyal following, with both the second and third albums, as well as the single “Bound for the Floor,” making their way into the Billboard charts.
But Local H didn’t truly find a unique voice until Brian St. Clair came aboard at the turn of the century. Formerly of the band Triple Fast Action, Brian had been working as a drum tech for another Illinois institution, Cheap Trick, when Scott auditioned him for the recently vacated drum spot. All it took was one song and they instantly formed an alliance that continues to strengthen today. Here Comes the Zoo (2002), the first album by the new duo, kept the buzz going, and both 2004’s Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? (named after the actress who’d starred in the Ramones’ flick Rock ’n’ Roll High School) and Alive ’05 were well received by fans and critics alike. 12 Angry Months, their seventh album in a career well into its second decade, was released in 2008.
This year, it’s all in the numbers… To promote their first live DVD, 68 Angry Minutes, Local H is taking a cue from their sold out, 7 night stand in Chicago and taking all 6 of their studio albums on the road. 68 Angry Minutes was filmed on the final night of a week of shows which saw the band performing every one of their records (plus a night of B-sides) in their entireties. It worked out so well, the guys have decided to take it on tour. One problem, though – Is it really a good idea to have Local H in every city for that many days in a row? We think not. The solution? Every night, all 6 of their records will be put in a hat (sorry, guys. No B-sides); one lucky (?) member of the audience will be selected to pull a record out of that hat-and Local H will play it front to back. On the spot. No…really. The odds of hearing your favorite record live-plus an encore of choice cuts? 1 in 6. Odds of seeing a Local H show like you’ve never seen before? Well, that depends on if you were in Chicago for one of those 7 nights.
And the nominees are:
As Good As Dead
Pack Up the Cats
Here Comes the Zoo
Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?
12 Angry Months
Sunday, May 23:
LOCAL H * KINCH
$13 adv. – $15 day of / All Ages / Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
Local H will perform one of their six albums, randomly selected, in its entirety
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT:
The Metro Box Office in the Official Metro Store (no service fee)
Internet sales at www.metrochicago.com