Tuesday, December 12
7p doors / 8p show
$25 advance / $28 day of show
+$3 at the door if under 21
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. They rose to fame during the grunge era, but their attack was different, with Scott Lucas' songs and guitar/bass attack giving the songs a more elemental and adventurous approach, and his embrace of contemporary pop influences (bent to his high-volume specifications) revealed a more musically open-minded outlook than his peers. Local H enjoyed a commercial and critical breakthrough with 1996's As Good as Dead, they offered a bitter contemplation of success and its absence on 2004's Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? 2020's Lifers found them making smart, hard-hitting music 25 years after their debut.
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. While they have earned praise in the past for their catalog of clever concept albums, Local H are forgoing a singular theme on their new album -- "Hey, Killer" (out 4/14/15 on G&P Records) -- turning out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs -- each one catchier than the last. The band’s discography includes seven other studio albums, 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.