photo credit: Wade Hawk
Two-man, Chicago band Local H have announced plans to hit the road for their first East Coast tour since naming Ryan Harding as the band’s new drummer. Dates begin April 16th in Indianapolis and include a stop in New York City at the Mercury Lounge on April 21st. Complete itinerary below.
Harding, who had been playing in Minneapolis bands Left Brain Heart and Bruder, relocated to Chicago and joined Local H late last year. The band will wrap up Harding’s first official tour with Local H, which covered Texas, Florida and parts of the Midwest, this weekend.
Local H has been testing out a couple of new songs on the road and will continue to do so on the Spring tour dates. Fans can also expect to hear the revamped line-up’s take on Local H classics like “Bound for the Floor” and “All the Kids Are Right” and on deeper cuts from their considerable catalog, as well as songs from the band’s most recent releases — Hallelujah! I’m a Bum (2012) and The Another February EP (2013).
Local H frontman Scott Lucas, who also writes about film for Chicagoist, was recently asked to compile a list of his essential rock movies for Music Radar. Read his insightful choices here: http://bit.ly/1n1aZnf. And, read his work on Chicagoist here: http://chicagoist.com/profile/Scott_lucas.
Additionally, Lucas has been tapped to host film screenings at Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago). The bi-weekly series, called Cinema Rodan, kicks off Tuesday, March 11th with a double-feature of “Purple Rain” and “Streets of Fire” (both of which he discusses in the Music Radar piece.) See flyer below. More info coming soon.
Local H Tour Dates:
3/4 St. Petersburg, FL The Local 662
3/5 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
3/6 Atlanta, GA The Earl
3/7 Knoxville, TN The Well
3/8 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
3/29 Forest Park, IL Chalk (Scott Lucas solo show)
4/16 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
4/18 Richmond, VA Canal Club
4/19 Washington, DC DC9
4/20 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
4/21 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
4/23 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer
4/24 Allston, MA Great Scott
4/25 Portland, ME Asylum
4/26 Burlington, VT Signal Kitchen
4/28 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room
4/29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/30 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
5/3 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
What critics are saying about Hallelujah! I’m A Bum:
“…well-executed and likely to stand the test of some years.” – Thomas Conner, Chicago Sun-Times
“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
“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
“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)
Local H’s Awesome Mix-Tape #1 (G&P) 2010
Local H: The Island Years (Universal) 2011
Hallelujah! I’m A Bum (Slimstyle) 2012
The Another February EP (Slimstyle) 2013
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