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Local H

May 11 • Ballroom at Taft Theatre

By Brian Baker · May 7th, 2012 · Sound Advice
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Long before Jack and Meg White made it fashionable, Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels made serious waves as Indie Rock duo Local H. Lucas and Daniels began playing in Zion, Ill., in 1987, and launched Local H three years later with original bassist Matt Garcia. After Garcia’s 1993 departure, the pair decided against a replacement; Lucas had a friend outfit his guitar with a bass pick-up and he assumed the dual role.

Local H quickly signed to Island Records and released three albums in four years, including 1996’s As Good as Dead, the band’s commercial breakthrough. Three singles — “Bound for the Floor,” “Eddie Vedder” and “Fritz’s Corner” — hit the Top 40 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, and “High Fiving MF” became one of the duo’s signature songs.

In 1999, label hassles caused Daniels’ resignation; former Triple Fast Action drummer/Cheap Trick drum tech Brian St. Clair has brought the thunder ever since. The newly configured Local H released 2002’s Here Comes the Zoo on Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures label; the duo has subsequently only done one-off album deals with various labels. In 2004, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? garnered critical raves and 2008’s Twelve Angry Months inspired critic Greg Kot to name Local H Chicago’s Band of the Year.

Local H is finally promising a new full-length, titled Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, which will feature prominently in the set on the duo’s current tour. Anything’s possible at a Local H show; tickets for their 2007 morning gig at Cellular Field were available only by finding Lucas on the street and addressing him, “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control.” The countdown is on.

LOCAL H performs Friday, May 11 at the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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