Local H have announced an April 14th release date for their new album, Hey, Killer. The 11-track album is the band’s first full-length record with drummer Ryan Harding and their 8th studio album overall. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally through G&P Records. Hey, Killer was produced by longtime Local H collaborator Andy Gerber and recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio and Gerber’s own Million Yen Studios, both in Chicago.
Photo credit: Katie Hovland
The two-man, rock band will play a hometown record release show and celebrate their 25th anniversary at Metro in Chicago on April 19th, almost 25 years to the day of their first ever live performance at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater on April 20,1990. (This week, the band began a series of retrospective Facebook posts in honor of their quarter century milestone.) Ahead of Hey, Killer’s release, Local H will hit the road for a handful of tour dates on the East Coast and in the Midwest in February (all dates below), before embarking on an album listening house party tour and recording a Daytrotter session in March.
While Local H have earned praise in the past for their catalog of clever concept albums, they are forgoing a singular theme on Hey, Killer, turning out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs — each one catchier than the last. Frontman Scott Lucas credits Harding’s addition to the band and a self-imposed time-crunch with the rush of inspiration that spawned Hey, Killer, which was written and recorded quickly at the end of last year. Prior to Local H, Harding spent years playing in Minneapolis bands Bruder and Left Brain Heart.
“After Ryan joined, we spent the year touring and collecting riffs. Once that year was up, it was time to make a record. We didn’t give ourselves a choice,” explains Lucas. “We called Electrical in November and booked a couple of days in December. I hung up the phone and I was like, ‘Fuck! What did I just do?’ I was panicked. We had two songs. No lyrics. Then I listened to the recordings and demos I’d made on my phone over the past year, and I realized that we had a lot of stuff. Then the lyrics started to come together. Every day. More stuff. It was like it was out of our control. When we were done, we just looked at each other, and we were both like, ‘This stuff is really fucking good!’ No one was more shocked than we were.”
“We did a break up record, followed by a political record,” recalls Lucas on the decision to not make another concept album this time. “The charge became that we couldn’t make a record without leaning on a conceptual crutch. That may or may not be true, but the goal with this record was to trim the fat and just pile on the hooks. All killer, no filler is how the saying goes. Obvious stuff, really. In the end, you’re just trying not to suck. It’s a simple plan. The record’s called Hey, Killer – not Hey, Filler (sorry).”
Local H are funding Hey, Killer with a successful Pledge Music campaign, pre-selling the album and offering other exclusive items and experiences to raise nearly 140% of their goal with more than two months left to go. Listings include the notebook Lucas used to write lyrics for the new album (sold), handwritten lyrics, signed CDs and vinyl, private concerts and jam sessions with the band at their practice space. Five percent of the money Local H raises through Pledge Music will go to MusiCares, an organization that works to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal crisis. Pre-order the album and get more info here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/localh.
This month, the band added the option for Pledge supporters to score a private, in-home listening party, ahead of the release date, with the band in attendance. From the listing on Pledge: “Be one of the first to hear the new record BEFORE the release date with a private listening party at your place. We’ll show up at your door with a copy of the new record and a case of beer (you spring for the pizza) — then we can crank that sucker up on your stereo and piss off the neighbors.” Local H will fulfill these pledges with an album listening house party tour in March. “Everybody’s making ‘Almost Famous’ jokes and asking if we’ll be jumping off any roofs,” says Lucas about the band’s house party plans. “Hey – if the drugs are right, I’ll scream ‘I am a golden god!’ for you.”
Look for Local H on the road all spring, summer and fall. Additional tour dates to be announced soon.
Local H – Hey, Killer – Artwork by Phil Blythe
Hey, Killer tracklisting:
1. The Last Picture Show In Zion
2. City Of Knives
3. Freshly Fucked
4. Gig Bag Road
5. The Misanthrope
6. One Of Us
7. Leon And The Game Of Skin
9. Age Group Champion
10. John The Baptist Blues
11. I Am A Salt Mine
Local H Tour Dates:
2/5 Elkhart, IN Five Star Dive Bar
2/6 Kalamazoo, MI Shakespeare’s Lower Level
2/7 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
2/8 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Cafe
2/10 Amityville, NY Revolution Bar & Music
2/11 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
2/12 Akron, OH Musica
2/13 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
2/14 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s
2/27 Eau Claire, WI House of Rock
2/28 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing
4/17 Arlington Heights, IL H.O.M.E.
4/18 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
4/19 Chicago, IL Metro
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) 2005
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
The Team EP (G&P) 2014
Local H’s Awesome Mix Tape #2 (G&P) 2014
Hey, Killer (G&P) 2015
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