Local H have announced plans for a spring tour in support of their forthcoming album, Hey, Killer (out April 14th on G&P Records). The tour will take them through portions of the Midwest and Southwest, as well as up and down the West Coast. Dates begin on April 30th in St. Louis at The Firebird. Local H will play The Echo in Los Angeles on May 7th. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, February 20th.
Local H: Scott Lucas, Ryan Harding — photo credit: Katie Hovland
Today, Local H premiered a video for the Team EP version of “The Misanthrope,” a standout song from the band’s live shows over the past year. The track also appears in a slightly different form on Hey, Killer and wickedly mixes Bauhaus, the Pixies, and Moliere. According to frontman Scott Lucas, “The album version is a little different — an alternate vocal, some piano — but this still has the same black heart.”
Ahead of the spring tour, 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. (Local H recently began a series of retrospective Facebook posts in honor of their quarter century milestone. And after years of speculation, the band finally revealed the origins of their name and its link to R.E.M. and Pink Floyd. Details here: http://tinyurl.com/npwrtc2.)
Hey, Killer is the band’s first full-length record with drummer Ryan Harding and their eighth 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.
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 satisfying, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs — each one catchier than the last. 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 more than 150% of their goal with just under 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.
Last 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 attended their first Hey, Killer house party earlier this month in Flushing, NY. “We had no idea what to expect. Would it be a raging kegger or a crazy Annie Wilkes situation?” recounts Lucas. “It was actually quite genteel. Almost like going to relatives for Christmas. We sat around eating cheesecake and taking about movies, books and porn. Just like Christmas.”
Local H will fulfill the remaining 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. East coast tour dates to be announced soon.
Local H Tour Dates:
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
4/30 St. Louis, MO Firebird
5/1 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
5/2 Dallas, TX Three Links
5/3 Austin, TX Holy Mountain
5/5 Phoenix, TX Valley Bar
5/6 San Diego, CA Casbah
5/7 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
5/8 Las Vegas, NV Bunkhouse Saloon
5/9 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave Big Bear
5/12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
5/15 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
5/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
5/19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
5/20 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
5/21 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
5/22 Waterloo, IA Spicoli’s Grill
5/23 Dekalb, IL The House Cafe
Hey, Killer track listing:
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 is known for their blistering live shows and for pioneering the two-man band set-up — frontman Scott Lucas covers both guitar and bass through an extra pick up in his guitar and drummer Ryan Harding pounds out the rest of the sound. The band’s discography includes eight studio albums (including Hey, Killer), a live album, and a bunch of EPs. Harding joined Local H in 2013, after years spent playing in Minneapolis bands Left Brain Heart and Bruder, and fit right in. His first recording with Local H was a heavy, rocking reinterpretation of Lorde’s “Team,” title track of the EP released in 2014.
Local H’s widely praised 1998 concept album Pack Up the Cats earned a spot in SPIN magazine’s top 20 albums of that year. The band was named “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune for their 2008 break-up album, 12 Angry Months, more than a decade after their breakthrough hit “Bound for the Floor” ruled the Modern Rock charts. This April, Local H will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first show (4/19/1990).
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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