Attention all planets of the solar federation! In honor of the Winter Solstice, the end of the world according to the Mayans and, uh, Christmas, Local H humbly offers you this gift of song. The band has been playing this opus live since last New Year’s Eve and decided to record it properly this fall. With the help of producer Andy Gerber at Million Yen, they’ve gotten it together just in time for 21/12. Rush on over to click the link below to download the surprise track for free. And in the words of Tiny Tim: “A Merry Christmas to us all; and Neil Peart bless us, every one!”
Local H will ring in the new year with two nights of shows at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen. The December 30th show is early (doors at 6p.m.) and all-ages, while the December 31s show is late night (doors at 9p.m.) and 21+. A handful of tickets are still available for each night. More info at: http://www.beatkitchen.com.
Local H are currently on tour in support of Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. It’s the seventh studio album from the pioneering two-man, band — frontman Scott 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 — and was produced by metal guru Sanford Parker (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Pelican). 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.