Local H Announces New Double Album, US Tour Dates

Many of us here at Concert Confessions are obsessed with Local H. You can imagine our delight when news broke a few minutes ago that not only were the band returning to the road, but they were heading out in support of a new double album entitled Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.

The 17 track double album was produced by Sanford Parker and features the two piece band rocking harder than ever before. The album is an epic concept record that sees frontman Scott Lucas setting his sights on the deeply divided political climate that exists in the U.S. and around the world, using the Windy City as a backdrop to sardonically comment on how this polarization personally impacts people. From the El-train inspired “Blue Line,” in which Lucas sings “It’s getting hard to realize / A sense of self in other eyes / It’s us and them” to “Another February,” which uses the city’s brutal winters to paint a picture of anxious desperation within a family to the Peter Gun-riff of “Paddy Considine,” a song that mocks middle-aged Travis Bickles and the hotheaded “conspiracy of toughs” roaming the streets of his hometown’s neighborhoods, the album examines how the national political discord affects people within their communities, their neighborhoods and even within their relationships.

“The last couple of records I’ve been involved with have been pretty inward-looking and navel gaze-y,” Lucas confesses. “And with so much going on around us – to keep making records like that is not only kind of embarrassing, but borderline irresponsible. On the other hand, it’s still rock and roll – and no one wants to hear a bullshit polemic from me. The trick was to make the global as personal as possible and make it something everyone could relate to – regardless of who you vote for. We’re on the same side we’ve always been on – the people’s. Fuck – I don’t think a band can get much more blue collar than us…..unfortunately.”

Lucas often uses hot and cold to illustrate the divide. “Feed A Fever” skewers FOX News specifically and irresponsible media in general, while “Cold Manor,” the album’s first single, addresses giving in to cynicism and “checking out” politically, while the ruling class uses that apathy to push through its agenda.

A dog theme runs throughout the album, making it a fitting companion to the band’s widely praised 1998 concept album Pack Up the Cats, which earned a spot in SPIN magazine’s top 20 albums of that year. Hallelujah! I’m A Bum is Local H’s first album of new material since 2008’s critically acclaimed 12 Angry Months, for which the Chicago Tribune named them “Chicagoans of the Year,” more than a decade after their breakthrough hit “Bound for the Floor” ruled the Modern Rock charts.

You can check out the song Night Flight To Paris down below:


The album is set for a September 18th release via Slimstyle Records. The band will kick off a US trek in Chicago the same day. The album will be released digitally, on compact disc and on limited edition vinyl. A track listing for Hallelujah! I’m A Bum and tour dates are down below.


Hallelujah! I’m A Bum Track Listing:

1. Waves
2. Cold Manor
3. Night Flight to Paris
4. They Saved Reagan’s Brain
5. Blue Line
6. Another February
7. Say the Word
8. Cold and Mannered
9. Trash Fire Bummers
10. Feed A Fever
11. Here Come Ol’ Laptop
12. Look Who’s Walking On Four Legs Again
13. Ruling Kind
14. Limit Your Change
15. Paddy Considine
16. Sad History
17. Waves Again

Local H Fall Tour 2012:
9/18    Chicago, IL                   The Bottom Lounge
9/19    Omaha, NE                   The Waiting Room
9/20    Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge
9/22    Tempe, AZ                    The Sail Inn
9/23    San Diego, CA              The Casbah
9/24    Los Angeles, CA           The Troubadour
9/25    Fresno, CA                    Fulton 55
9/26    San Francisco, CA        Brick & Mortar Music Hall
9/28    Portland, OR                 Dante’s
9/29    Seattle, WA                   El Corazon
9/30    Spokane, WA                Carr’s Corner
10/2    Fargo, ND                     The Aquarium
10/3    Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club
10/4    Milwaukee, WI              Shank Hall
10/5    Dekalb, IL                     Otto’s In Dekalb
10/6    Champaign, IL              High Dive

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