Local H

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Local H
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Local H in concert
Background information
Origin Zion, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge grunge, indie rock, punk rock
Years active 1990–present
Labels Island (1995–1999), Palm Pictures (2001–2002), Thick (2003), Studio E (2004), Cleopatra (2005), Shout! Factory (2008), Slimstyle (2012)
Associated acts Triple Fast Action, The Prairie Cartel, Rights of the Accused, A Band Called Horse, Caviar, The Cold Space, Scott Lucas and the Married Men
Website LocalH.com
Members Scott Lucas
Ryan Harding
Past members Joe Daniels
Matt Garcia
Brian St. Clair

Local H is a U.S. alternative rock duo formed by guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas and drummer Joe Daniels in Zion, Illinois in 1990. The members all met in high school in 1987 and founded Local H three years later, with bassist Matt Garcia completing an early incarnation of the group.

After Garcia's departure, Local H signed a record contract with Island Records in 1994, where they would go on to release three albums. They became best known for their radio hit Bound for the Floor, a single from the 1996 album As Good as Dead which peaked at No. 5 on the US Alternative Billboard Chart. The album As Good As Dead was also certified gold. Daniels was replaced by Brian St. Clair in 1999, and the group has since issued four further albums. Brian St. Clair's last show with Local H was in 2013.[1] In November 2013 Ryan Harding was announced as the new drummer.[2]

History[edit]

Joe Daniels era (1987–1999)[edit]

In 1987, while attending high school in Zion, Lucas and Daniels began jamming together. Garcia later joined them, and Local H was formed in 1990. Garcia left the band three years later, and Lucas and Daniels began looking for a replacement bassist. They eventually decided to carry on as a duo with Lucas handling bass guitar frequencies after having a high school friend, Tobey, modify his guitar with an added bass pick-up and second output.

Local H recorded and released three studio albums through Island Records with the Lucas/Daniels lineup: Ham Fisted (1995), As Good as Dead (1996), and Pack Up the Cats (1998). With As Good as Dead, the band found a moderate commercial success in "Bound for the Floor" which rose to No. 5 on the US Alternative Billboard Chart and No. 10 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Billboard Chart. Songs "Eddie Vedder" and "Fritz's Corner" additionally made Top 40 on the Alternative and Mainstream Rock Billboard Charts.

Brian St. Clair era (1999–2013)[edit]

In July 1999, after a complicated year with their label, Daniels left the group. He was replaced by former Triple Fast Action drummer Brian St. Clair, who had previously worked as a drum tech for Cheap Trick. Lucas and St. Clair released the band's fourth album Here Comes the Zoo in 2002 under the Palm Pictures record label. Director Bill Draheim documented the making of "Half-Life" which appears on Here Comes the Zoo". Save Me from my Half- Life Drive is the result of that edited EPK footage. The No Fun EP followed in 2003 and their fifth album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, was released in April 2004 to favorable reviews.

In 2005, the band received a good deal of publicity after recording a cover of the Britney Spears single "Toxic." The track was the only studio recording featured on Alive '05, a 2005 live album that constituted the sixth major release from the band.

In 2008 the band released their sixth studio album Twelve Angry Months, a concept album in which each of the twelve songs represented a stage in a year long process of overcoming a failed relationship.

On April 5, 2011, the ICON release of the band's Island recordings became their first "best-of" compilation. In an April 22 interview with The Delaware County Daily Times, Lucas commented, “It’s kinda weird but kinda cool because it doesn’t cover our entire career, so I was like, 'Let’s call it The Island Years.'”

In a June 28 guest appearance on the movie review podcast/website "CinemaJaw," Lucas claimed that the next album would be out before the upcoming 2012 elections—mainly because so much of the album's content deals with it directly—expecting it to be released by February 2012.[3] In the same interview, Lucas also suggested that a working title for the album was Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, named for a movie from the Depression Era.

On January 1, 2012, during the band's New Year's show at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Lucas announced that he and St. Clair would begin recording for the next album in Chicago within 2 weeks. On July 11, the band announced that their next studio effort, Hallelujah! I'm a Bum would be released on September 18. A full track listing was also published.[4]

On August 21, 2013, it was announced that St. Clair would be leaving the band after a brief farewell tour, in order to focus on his tour management company, Tour Time Productions. The departure was described as amicable and a mutual decision between Lucas and St. Clair.[5]

Ryan Harding era (2013–present)[edit]

On November 4, 2013, Ryan Harding was announced as the new drummer.[6] On April 22, 2014 the band released a studio single of their cover of the Lorde song "Team"

Live shows[edit]

Local H is known for their frequent and energetic live shows. The members of the band can usually be found at their own merchandise table after shows, signing autographs and selling band t-shirts.

Local H also has a reputation for creative ideas with regards to its live shows. In addition to playing a show in Chicago every New Year's Eve, the band has also participated in several unconventional concerts over the years, such as allowing one fan to select an album name from a hat, and then playing that album in its entirety. In 2005, Local H performed an "all request tour" in which a ballot containing a breakdown of most of the bands' songs organized into various categories, resembling a traditional sushi menu, was handed out to the audience upon admittance to the venue. Audiences were allowed to pick seven songs from the "menu" and the setlist for each show was derived from these ballots.

In 2003, the band auctioned off a live show to the winner of an eBay auction. The band subsequently performed this concert at Duke O'Briens, a pub in Crystal Lake, IL.

In July 2007, Local H played an early morning show at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago at the conclusion of the Nike Rock 'N Run 5K race, where runners ended the race on the field. Tickets to this show were only available by spotting Scott Lucas in public and speaking the phrase "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control" directly to him[citation needed]. Later that same year, Local H announced a contest in which fans could make videos of themselves covering Local H songs. The winner would then get to be the opening act for Local H's New Year's Eve show later that year. A band from New York called Kung-Fu Grip won the contest with their cover of a song from Local H's No Fun E.P.

During the spring months of 2010, Local H embarked on their "6 Angry Records" Tour. Each show began with Scott holding a hat filled with slips of paper containing the band's album names. After interviewing members of the audience about which album they'd like to hear, one audience member would choose an album from the hat. The band would then play that album on the spot in its entirety, following by an encore of other Local H favorites and covers.

In May 2012 the band launched a tour of small clubs and bars in preparation for release of a new album

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Retrospective (2002) promotional only
  • The Island Years (2011)

Extended plays[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Main US Mod UK
1994 "Cynic" Ham Fisted
"Mayonnaise and Malaise"
1996 "High-Fiving MF" As Good as Dead
"Bound for the Floor" 46 10 5
1997 "Eddie Vedder" 38
"Fritz's Corner" 36
1998 "All the Kids Are Right" 19 20 Pack Up the Cats
"All-Right (Oh, Yeah)"
2001 "Half-Life" 40 Here Comes the Zoo
2002 "Hands on the Bible"
2004 "California Songs" Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?
2005 "Toxic" (Britney Spears cover) Alive '05
2008 "24 Hour Break-Up Session" Twelve Angry Months
2009 "Machine Shed Wrestling"
2014 "Team" (Lorde cover) The Team EP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Split singles[edit]

Year Single Other artist Peak positions
US Main US Mod
1994 "Disgruntled Xmas"/"White Christmas" Sybil Vane
2000 "Birth, School, Work, Death"/"Corporation" The Blank Theory
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Demo releases[edit]

Long-form videos[edit]

  • 68 Angry Minutes (2009)
  • There Went the Zoo (2012)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s) Ref.
1995 "Cynic" Jodi Wille [13]
1996 "High-Fiving MF" Jeff Stein [14]
1996 "Bound for the Floor" Frank W. Ockenfels 3 [15]
1997 "Eddie Vedder" Phil Harder [16][17]
1997 "Fritz's Corner" Phil Harder [17]
1998 "All the Kids Are Right" Phil Harder [18]
2002 "Half-Life" Phil Harder [19][20]
2009 "Machine Shed Wrestling" Erik Braund & Brandon Hafer [21]
2012 "Night Flight to Paris" Scott Lucas [22]
2012 "Cold Manor" Scott Lucas [23]

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/LocalH/posts/10151808854393910
  2. ^ http://www.rcreader.com/music/back-to-ground-zero-local-h-ribco/
  3. ^ "77, Suspense! w/guest Scott Lucas". CinemaJaw. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ at 1:19 PM (2012-07-11). "Local H releasing 'Hallelujah! I'm A Bum' (song premiere), beginning tour at the Bottom Lounge (dates)". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.revolvermag.com/news/local-h-drummer-brian-st-clair-leaves-band.html
  6. ^ http://www.rcreader.com/music/back-to-ground-zero-local-h-ribco/
  7. ^ http://www.revolvermag.com/news/local-h-drummer-brian-st-clair-leaves-band.html
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4aQ3T34jZg
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3pJ0eGZTsk
  10. ^ Another guitarist at 3:42 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODH0FPkvU6o
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3pJ0eGZTsk
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNZq1whOJE
  13. ^ http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/speccol/findingaids/star.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.mtv.com/videos/local-h/742156/high-fiving-mf.jhtml
  15. ^ http://www.mtv.com/videos/local-h/742153/bound-for-the-floor.jhtml
  16. ^ http://www.mtv.com/videos/local-h/742155/eddie-vedder.jhtml
  17. ^ a b http://articles.mcall.com/1997-02-22/entertainment/3131803_1_sports-bar-music-band
  18. ^ http://www.mtv.com/videos/local-h/742154/all-the-kids-are-right.jhtml
  19. ^ http://www.billdraheim.com/about.html
  20. ^ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWmGIBzgblTpEMFCS4l2WYMRszGbMnSB9
  21. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XVaR1ttNBY
  22. ^ http://vimeo.com/45589631
  23. ^ http://www.revolvermag.com/news/local-h-premiere-new-music-video-cold-manor.html

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