Local H Add Dec Dates + CMJ next week

By on October 12, 2012
Photo credit: Wade Hawk

Local H announced a slew of new December dates today. The Chicago-based band are on the road in support of their new album, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum, which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s New Alternative Albums Chart last month. They wrapped up the first leg of the tour last week and head out for the second leg this Friday, with a show at The Pike Room at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI.  They will play two shows during the CMJ Music Marathon next week — Wednesday, October 17th, 10:30p.m. at Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan at the Slimstyle Records showcase and Thursday, October 18th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Local H frontman Scott Lucas will open select shows on this tour with a solo acoustic set, including The Bell House show during CMJ.

“The shows have been exhausting in the best way: an invigorating kind of exhaustion,” said Lucas. “I don’t know if it’s the crowds, the new record, or what. I can be bone-tired on this tour, and then get on stage and feel like I’m levitating.”

Lucas directed the video for Hallelujah! I’m A Bum‘s first single, “Cold Manor.” Watch it  here:

Hallelujah! I’m A Bum, the seventh studio album from the pioneering two-man, band — Lucas covers both guitar and bass through an extra pick up in his guitar while drummer Brian St. Clair pounds out the rest of the sound —  was produced by metal guru Sanford Parker (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Pelican) and showcases the band rocking harder than ever. It’s an epic concept record that sees Lucas setting his sights on the deeply divided political climate that exists in the U.S. and around the world, using Chicago as a backdrop to sardonically comment on how this polarization personally impacts people — within their communities, their neighborhoods and even within their relationships. A dog theme runs throughout, making it a fitting companion to the band’s widely praised 1998 concept album Pack Up the Cats, which earned a spot in SPIN magazine’s top 20 albums of that year. This is their first album of new material since 2008’s critically acclaimed 12 Angry Months, for which the Chicago Tribune named them “Chicagoans of the Year,” more than a decade after their breakthrough hit “Bound for the Floor” ruled the Modern Rock charts.

For his solo sets, Lucas will draw material from the two albums and EP he has released with his heavy alt-country solo band – Scott Lucas & the Married Men – as well as older Local H songs and covers.

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Local H Tour Dates:
10/12    Pontiac, MI            Pike Room @ The Crofoot
10/14    Stanhope, NJ            Stanhope House
10/13    Cleveland, OH        Grog Shop
10/15    Boston, MA            Brighton Music Hall *
10/17    New York, NY        Union Square Ballroom
10/18     Brooklyn, NY         The Bell House *
10/19    Pittsburgh, PA        Hard Rock Cafe
10/20    Indianapolis, IN        Radio Radio
10/21    Montrose, IL            Rosemont Room

12/14    Atlanta, GA            The Masquerade
12/15    Chapel Hill, NC        Local 506 *
12/16    Washington, DC        Rock And Roll Hotel
12/17    Philadelphia, PA        North Star Bar *
12/19    Lexington, KY        Cosmic Charlie’s
12/20    Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge *
12/21    St. Louis, MO        Firebird

* denotes Scott Lucas opening with a solo acoustic set

What critics are saying about Hallelujah! I’m A Bum:

“Nearly 20 years into their recording career, Local H are not only still making great music, but have released their bravest, most provocative, and most ambitious album to date, and Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is a powerful look into a side of America that will be uncomfortably familiar to nearly everyone who hears it.” – iTunes album review

Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is a watershed album for Local H. Not only is it the most intricately arranged and carefully structured of the band’s 20-plus-year history, but it is also their first to delve so deeply into the polluted waters of partisan politics… [Lucas’] lyrics capture a sense of disillusionment that should be familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention over the past four years… Musically, Hallelujah! is on par with the best entries in the H catalogue. Lucas has a knack for crafting heavy rock with strong, distinctive hooks.” **** – Joe Hemmerling, Tiny Mix Tapes

“The slog through this dark take on American living in 2012 is intended to get people angry about our failings and equally inspired to fight for actual change in our system…. After looking inwards for so many records, it’s refreshing to hear them make music that truly speaks to millions of disenfranchised Americans. They become the voice of the middle class, deeply unsatisfied with both political parties (it’s worth noting there are a few criticisms aimed at President Obama on this album too) and frightened at the idea that we’ve been lost as a nation for so long we might never find our way back. Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is an essential record to listen to as we prepare to vote this November, but its intentions and aspirations expand beyond that expiration date.” – Faronheit review

“…well-executed and likely to stand the test of some years.” – Thomas Conner, Chicago Sun-Times

“Local H’s new album continues this uncanny run of solid material with Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.. [“Blue Line”] encapsulates many of the musical themes running through the album and captures both the wistful airs and the fury that makes it such a compelling listen. We understand some may simply view Local H as a loud, savage rock band, but the thing that makes them endure is the fact that underneath it all there’s a vulnerability that truly drives the music’s beating heart. Give it a listen and we think you’ll agree with us…it sounds like Lucas is at the top of his game when it comes to challenging himself, resulting in a really strong song suite.” – Jim Kopeny, Chicagoist.com

“With Hallelujah! Local H has successfully done what both Romney and Obama failed to do at their recent conventions: they don’t just tell you how fucked we are, they make you feel it over and over again. You can feel the struggle of the middle class, the hopelessness of knowing that neither party cares for the ones who elect them into power and the overwhelming fact that we have grown so far apart as a nation that it’s going to take more than a miracle to bring us back together… Local H has made a stellar soundtrack that truly represents the great struggles of our time.” – Reverend Justito, Antiquiet.com

Local H Discography:
Ham Fisted (Island) 1995
As Good As Dead (Island) 1996
Pack Up the Cats (Island) 1998
Half-Life EP (Palm Pictures) 2001
Here Comes the Zoo (Palm Pictures) 2002
No Fun EP (Thick) 2003
Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? (Studio E Records) 2004
Alive ’05 (Cleopatra) 2006
12 Angry Months (Shout Factory) 2008
Hallelujah! I’m A Bum (Slimstyle) 2012


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.