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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 (Palm Pictures) 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; in 2003, the duo returned once again with the No Fun EP for the Chicago punk imprint Thick. The band's fifth album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, arrived in spring 2004. The band released the 18-track live album Local H Comes Alive in 2005. Three years later, the duo followed up with 12 Angry Months, a concept album based on a failed relationship. The covers EP Local H's Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 1 followed in 2010. In 2012, Local H returned to original material with the studio album Hallelujah! I'm a Bum. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Just saw Local H (again) last weekend in Cleveland with Helmet and Filter. The new drummer, Ryan, is phenomenal.
thy need the hand on the bible
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.
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.
And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic~
@bobonnit leave
TRIPLE FAST ACTION? I HAVENT HEARD THOSE GUYS IN FOREVER
robsum5
OHW
dexpd4
california needs a bigger dose of this band. I enjoy giving the locals here a little second hand Grunge, especially california songs.
Brian is leaving the band
*Enters band page on Pandora; says, GTFO*
This band bites. No talent screaming losers. GTFO
Best band!!!
Saw local H and silver chair in Fl at a small bar in 96" best $15.00 ever spent
Dont forget William Duvall from Alice in Chains B)
Props to the only black guy in grunge.
I'm from Illinois! Live in a small town outside of the city! Love local h! :)
Just moved from Chicagoone of the hardest things giving up was local h. . .I miss them so much
Bangin song
True talent, devoted to their music, Midwest views & realism....

everyone else... take notes....
This band is truly, extremely underrated.. .
I'm from Zion,Il love this band graduated in 1980 in Tennessee now
theyre back?
REALLY REALLY Love As Good As Dead, never cared for much else though...
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?
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!
man u grow up on KROQ u have ta know this band
grate band heard em in my car
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
I don't mind that they are underrated. It makes their music for me that much sweeter. :3
jfishback13
Best live show ever.... I'm not exaggerating . They are just that good.
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!
prestonmrk
Why is Here Comes The Zoo not in the catalog?
I fell in man-love with Lucas' voice and i'm not gay.
jeffmoberg
BEST live band out there!!!
I've seen them live a bunch of times and can't wait to see them again. Such an underated band. Love them.
sweet
xelar001
Local H f**king rules
Love these guys. Saw them do a Petty tribute in Chicago for halloween. Great duo, very underated.
heeeelloooo
just seen them (again) at the Rock on Tues.; Dudes are Skilled!
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
oates34
one of the best under-rated bands of the 90's. Consistently good rock.
high fiving mother f**ker, a song that you hate atfirst but it grows really quick. me and my friend,smurf , would sing it in the lobby before a game of halo 3 and anoy everyone. we love local h now. and if i got money i will be at the Record Bar here in KC rocking out to them
LOCAL H 2010 TOUR DATES!

Shark City Billiards and Sports Bar
Glendale Heights, IL April 9
Friday 9:00 pm
Local H Canopy Club
Urbana, IL April 23
Friday TBA
Local H Chameleon Club
Lancaster, PA May 15
Saturday 7:00 pm
Local H Blender Theater at Gramercy
New York, NY May 18
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Local H Frankies
Toledo, OH May 22
Saturday 9:00 pm
Local H Metro Smart Bar
Chicago, IL May 23
Sunday 7:00 pm
Local H The Record Bar
Kansas City, MO June 24
Thursday 9:30 pm
I agree with the comment below-I just got tickets to see them, I saw them last year it killed even tho they played a split bill.. they killed that hour
mcmm6h
If you haven't seen their live show, definetly give it a go. I don't know what it is, but I've seen them about a dozen times and it's always a fantastic experience. I've never seen a bad show. Not even a so-so show; they have all been amazing.
local H rocks, i went to the same high school as lucas it's awesome to read so many positive comments. u high fivin muther. look that song up if u dont know it classic!!!
don't troll...gods m a c k IS NOT METAL.

local h still rock. \../
classics in the making
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