Beginning Tuesday, April 14, as part of their 25th anniversary, Local H will celebrate in their hometown, Chicago, all week starting with the release of their 8th studio album, Hey, Killer, the band’s first full-length album with drummer Ryan Harding. Look for a live performance during the 9 o’clock hour on Good Day Chicago, airing on Fox 32, on release day.
Thursday, April 16th: Local H will take part in the Q101 Studio 7 session live online. Register here before 9a.m. Wednesday April 15, for a chance to be in the audience for the interview and acoustic performance. Stream the event live here at 6p.m. Thursday.
Friday, April 17th: Local H concert at H.O.M.E. in Arlington Heights, IL. Tickets available here.
Saturday, April 18th: 3p.m. in-store performance at Reckless Records (3126 N. Broadway, Chicago) to celebrate Record Store Day followed by a Local H concert at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL that night. Tickets available here.
Sunday, April 19th: Local H concert at Metro celebrating the album release and the 25th anniversary of the band’s first show (4/20/1990 at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater). 1990’s band Fig Dish are reuniting to open the show. Tickets available here.
While Local H have earned praise in the past for their catalog of clever concept albums, they are forgoing a singular theme on Hey, Killer, turning out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs — each one catchier than the last. Local H front man Scott Lucas credits Ryan Harding’s addition to the band and a self-imposed time-crunch with the rush of inspiration that spawned Hey, Killer, which was written and recorded quickly at the end of last year. Produced by longtime Local H collaborator Andy Gerber, the album was recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio and Gerber’s own Million Yen Studios, in Chicago.
|Hey, Killer track listing:|
|1. The Last Picture Show In Zion|
|2. City Of Knives|
|3. Freshly Fucked|
|4. Gig Bag Road|
|5. The Misanthrope|
|6. One Of Us|
|7. Leon And The Game Of Skin|
|9. Age Group Champion|
|10. John The Baptist Blues|
|11. I Am A Salt Mine|
Flashback: Scott Lucas recently completed a series of retrospective Facebook posts in honor of Local H’s quarter century milestone. He has shared more than 30 videos, live performances, photos, demos and stories (including revealing the origins of the band’s name and its link to R.E.M. and Pink Floyd) chronologically, starting from the very first four-man line-up of the band and through their brief period as a three-piece until they settled into the two-man dynamic for which are they best known. Read his reflections here and on LocalH.com.
Local H Tour Dates
4/17 Arlington Heights, IL H.O.M.E.
4/18 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
4/19 Chicago, IL Metro
4/30 St. Louis, MO Firebird
5/1 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
5/2 Dallas, TX Three Links
5/3 Austin, TX Holy Mountain
5/5 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
5/6 San Diego, CA Casbah
5/7 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
5/8 Las Vegas, NV Bunkhouse Saloon
5/9 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave Big Bear
5/11 Fullerton, CA Slidebar
5/12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
5/15 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
5/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
5/19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
5/20 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
5/21 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
5/22 Waterloo, IA Spicoli’s Grill
5/23 DeKalb, IL The House Cafe
6/12 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
6/13 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
6/14 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
6/16 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
6/17 Allston, MA Great Scott
6/18 Pawtucket, RI The Met
6/19 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
6/20 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
6/22 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
6/23 Asheville, NC The Mothlight
6/24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Hell Stage
6/25 Birmingham, AL Saturn
6/26 Nashville, TN Exit/In
6/27 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
7/9 Kankakee, IL BBQ Fest
7/10 Indianapolis, IN The Hi-Fi
7/11 Toledo, OH Frankie’s