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Local H

Best known for their unorthodox two-man lineup, hard rock act Local H have made a career out of straddling the fine line between indie and classic rock, cleverly framing their sardonic lyrics with a generous helping of power chords and feedback. Scott Lucas (vocals/guitar) and Joe Daniels (drums) began playing together in high school in their native Zion, Illinois. Finding a suitable bassist proved an insurmountable challenge, so the industrious Lucas eventually devised a way to install bass pickups into his six-string. Armed with this intriguing novelty setup, Local H signed with Island Records and made their recording debut on 1995's Ham Fisted, a rather unoriginal disc that had some detractors tagging them as Nirvana wannabes.

Its follow-up, 1996's much improved As Good as Dead, was another story, however, considerably expanding Local H's sonic palette and firmly establishing their identity as Midwestern ironists supreme. Led by well-crafted power pop radio singles like "Bound for the Floor" and "Eddie Vedder," the album was eventually certified gold and helped earn the Local H their alt-rock cred, while simultaneously validating the duo's contradictory ties to classic hard rock. Though less focused and not quite as immediate, 1998's still solid Pack Up the Cats seemed set to maintain the band's rising momentum. But record company woes (Island's parent company, Polygram, was in the process of being absorbed by Universal Music) effectively clipped the band at the knees, the album became lost in the shuffle, and Local H went on a near three-year hiatus. In the interim, Daniels left the band under amicable circumstances and was replaced by former Triple Fast Action drummer (and Bun E. Carlos drum tech) Brian St. Clair.

Lucas and St. Clair returned in 2000 with a new album and a new label. Here Comes the Zoo was released by Palm Pictures, an offshoot of the former Island Records, and it featured more of the Midwestern angst and cutting satire that had always defined Lucas hard rock, but added the busier drumming style of St. Clair. Incessant touring followed, and in 2003, the duo returned once again with the angry and aggressive No Fun EP, released by the Chicago punk label Thick Records after Local H fell out with Palm. The band's fifth album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, arrived in Spring 2004, and was another loose concept album about coming to terms with that most would regard as failure. Local H's hard-hitting live show was documented for the ages on 2005's Local H Comes Alive (which included a new studio track, a beefed-up cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic"), and three years later, the group teamed with Shout! Factory to release 12 Angry Months, another concept piece, this time about a relationship gone sour. In 2010, Lucas and St. Clair indulged their fondness for idiosyncratic covers with the EP Local H's Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 1, featuring eight tunes from the likes of TV on the Radio, Pink Floyd, Concrete Blonde, and the Misfits; the EP was released through the band's own label, G&P Records.

In 2012, Local H delivered another concept piece, Hallelujah! I'm a Bum!, about the politics of daily life during a cold winter in Chicago. While touring in support of the album, Lucas was mugged after a show in Moscow in February 2013; the incident left him without his phone, wallet, or passport, and with damaged vocal cords that forced him to cancel several shows. Several months later, Local H were back on the road, but in October 2013, Brian St. Clair played his final shows with the band, amicably parting with Lucas to devote more time to his tour production business. St. Clair's final recordings with Local H, a second Awesome Mixtape of covers, dropped in December 2014. Lucas wasted little time, announcing in November 2013 that Ryan Harding, who had played with Brüder and Ghost Towns of the West, was the new drummer. The new lineup soon hit the road, and in April 2014, the band released its first recording with Harding, a single featuring a hard-rocking cover of Lorde's "Team." In November 2014, Local H launched a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to finance the recording of their next album. The plan was a success, raising 176% of the band's original goal, and the album, Hey Killer, was released in April 2015. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia & Mark Deming, Rovi
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They used the word copacetic in a song. Wins high praise from me.
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I saw the original Local H open for Silverchair in ...was it 97 or 98...Daniels in his solos, to date is still the fastest drummer I have ever seen. I have tried to get in on several shows since and always missed out, being in the NW the grunge scene and throwback shows are hard to get tickets for if you do not know ahead of time they are coming available. If you get a chance see Lucas...an act that sounds in person like they do recorded if not better depending on the ambiance.
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nicko252008
Pack up the cats is a legendary 90's album. Krock used to jam this
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lrbmortgage
Favorite band
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Love it
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Follow for follow (www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m )
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Yay! !!!!
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Wish they would tour in the Carolinas...
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Just saw Local H (again) last weekend in Cleveland with Helmet and Filter. The new drummer, Ryan, is phenomenal.
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thy need the hand on the bible
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Great band. Taking elements from a lot of great nineties bands such as Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots while incorporatin g hints of Green Day along the way. Scott Lucas is a brilliant songwriter and his songs are always great (even if he does have a really hard time getting over his exes.) The hard hitting riffs and great lyrics make you wonder why they didn't become a bigger success but in a way being an underground band is part of their identity. Love the band to death.
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My favorite band. They seriously have the best live show around these days, and always around fifteen bucks for tickets. Their albums are also really smartly crafted. As much as I like their individual songs, Local H is best when you can hear the full albums and hear how well the songs play off each other.
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And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic~
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@bobonnit leave
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TRIPLE FAST ACTION? I HAVENT HEARD THOSE GUYS IN FOREVER
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robsum5
OHW
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dexpd4
california needs a bigger dose of this band. I enjoy giving the locals here a little second hand Grunge, especially california songs.
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Brian is leaving the band
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*Enters band page on Pandora; says, GTFO*
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This band bites. No talent screaming losers. GTFO
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Best band!!!
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Saw local H and silver chair in Fl at a small bar in 96" best $15.00 ever spent
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Dont forget William Duvall from Alice in Chains B)
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Props to the only black guy in grunge.
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I'm from Illinois! Live in a small town outside of the city! Love local h! :)
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Just moved from Chicagoone of the hardest things giving up was local h. . .I miss them so much
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Bangin song
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True talent, devoted to their music, Midwest views & realism....

everyone else... take notes....
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This band is truly, extremely underrated.. .
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I'm from Zion,Il love this band graduated in 1980 in Tennessee now
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theyre back?
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REALLY REALLY Love As Good As Dead, never cared for much else though...
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I heard bound for the floor for the first time on the radio the other day and felt hope that at least 1 indie band hasnt been destroyed by this mainstream indie-pop wave. Today i found out they're from way back in the 90's. how did i miss such an awesome band for almost 2 decades?
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best live shows i have ever seen. Too bad they only come around me once a year. I hope to make it to the Halloween or NYE show this year out in Chicago!
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man u grow up on KROQ u have ta know this band
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grate band heard em in my car
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First time I've ever heard of them was today. But they were around when I was in my 20's. Glad they are still working because I do actually like them
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I don't mind that they are underrated. It makes their music for me that much sweeter. :3
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jfishback13
Best live show ever.... I'm not exaggerating . They are just that good.
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I saw these guys at several seedy little bars all over Illinois and Missouri in the early 2000's, their shows are always amazing no matter the venue. Great music & lyrics!
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prestonmrk
Why is Here Comes The Zoo not in the catalog?
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I fell in man-love with Lucas' voice and i'm not gay.
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jeffmoberg
BEST live band out there!!!
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I've seen them live a bunch of times and can't wait to see them again. Such an underated band. Love them.
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sweet
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xelar001
Local H f**king rules
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Love these guys. Saw them do a Petty tribute in Chicago for halloween. Great duo, very underated.
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heeeelloooo
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just seen them (again) at the Rock on Tues.; Dudes are Skilled!
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http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = y V 7 q U F E I M L s & f e a t u r e = c h a n n e l

from may 18th 2010 in NYC
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