Local H is currently on the inaugural tour with new drummer Ryan Harding, and by all indications things seem to be moving along smoother than a friction-less surface. So after endless nights awake looking for shooting stars to pass along the sky it turns out the band has added more gigs to this trek. With a handful of shows left for March ending with a Scott Lucas solo spot in Forest Park, IL, the boys will head further east hitting towns Local H fan filled towns such as Indianapolis, Richmond,VA, New York City, DC, Baltimore, Portland, ME and Detroit just to name a few. The newer dates come courtesy of Hellhound Music, who also have a neat list of Scott Lucas’ top Rock & Roll films
Local H Spring Tour:
3/4 St. Petersburg, FL The Local 662
3/5 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
3/6 Atlanta, GA The Earl
3/7 Knoxville, TN The Well
3/8 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
3/29 Forest Park, IL Chalk (Scott Lucas solo show)
Last month we had the honor of catching Local H during their stop at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Now Scott and Brian have announced a new batch of dates for the month of December in support of their amazing new album Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. The quick trek kicks off in Atlanta on the 14th and wraps a week later in St. Louis. You can check out the dates below.
Local H December 2012 Tour Dates:
12/14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
12/15 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *
12/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
12/17 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar *
12/19 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
12/20 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge *
12/21 St. Louis, MO Firebird
* denotes Scott Lucas opening with a solo acoustic set
Back in early August I received an e-mail with a download link for the latest Local H record Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. Over the next few weeks the latest concept record from the pride of Illinois has been blasted into my head over and over and over again. In my cubical, sitting in traffic on the 101 and working out in the yard the 17 songs found on the double album is a soundtrack for exactly where I am at in 2012. I fought hard to give Hallelujah! a coveted 5 star review on Antiquiet, and there was no way in hell I was going to miss the duo of Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair perform songs from one of the year’s best record at the best place to see music in West Hollywood California.
Monday night at the Troubadour kicked off with an acoustic set from Scott Lucas. Yes the same Scott Lucas who happens to be ½ of Local H. While many men watched the now legendary Seahawks versus Packers game I watched Lucas open up his brief set with a cover of Last Caress by the Misfits. From there Lucas performed some material from his Married Men band including Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down) and Blood Half Moons. A brief yet fun set, Lucas opening for himself was the perfect way to kick off the night.
Main support on this particular evening came from Ambassadors. The Brooklyn based band announced early on that they were performing in Los Angeles for the very first time much to the delight of many in the crowd. I was unfamiliar with Ambassadors walking in the door and I personally found them an odd choice of opener for a band like Local H as they were more hipster rock than heavy rock. In fact looking out into the packed club you could clearly tell who was there for Local H and who was there for Ambassadors.
Musically these four gentlemen would be a perfect fit for a Yeasayer/GROUPLOVE tour. A bit hippie jam with vegan hipster sensibilities. Not worldly enough to be called world music but no doubt more interesting than most indie bands if that makes any sense whatsoever. While I don’t know if I would seek them out again the band had a good energy and sounded tight. I have no doubt that when they return to Los Angeles they could very well perform at the Troubadour as the headliner instead of the opener.
As Local H walked down the stairs from the “backstage” area at the Troubadour the opening riffs of Waves played across the PA. Lucas timed of strapping his guitar on and walking to the mic to sing the songs opening line perfectly. As I expected weeks before the band set up their gear on the Troubadour stage I knew they would kick the set off with the opening number from their latest release. I also expected them to segue straight into Cold Manor as they do on the album but where they threw me for a curve was not heading straight into Night Flight To Paris after Cold Manor. Instead they went head first into a raging take of Paddy Considine and saved Night Flight for later in the set.
Having a good dose of Hallelujah! I’m A Bum now under our belts the band used the rest of the night to mix classic Local H cuts with new material. An early appearance of Bound For The Floor cleared out a decent number of Ambassador fans who hung around to finish their $7 Corona while Manipulator filled my quench for anything off their debut album Ham Fisted.
Lucas joked with the crowd before a block of new songs that it was time to go grab a beer from the bar instead of rocking out to new jams. However this was a rare night where I was actually more excited for new songs instead of older ones. Sadly I was alone on this one as numerous fans decided to chat during the softer parts of Say The Word and while I couldn’t exactly see the line at the bar as Lucas announced that Feed A Fever was about Fox News I have to imagine that anyone who isn’t pumped for material from Hallelujah! is probably dumb enough to be a fan of that network.
After a goose bump inducing take on Another February the band brought out the big guns to close the night. After a hard rocking take on All-Right (Oh, Yeah) the highly intoxicated crowds’ energy finally exploded into a large most pit during All The Kids Are Right. The funny thing about this pit was the fact that none of the members were kids. There is nothing more depressing than watching a 30-something trying to relive the glory days of the days when Bill Clinton lived at the White House by crashing onto the floor in a crowd surfing attempt gone horribly wrong.
With tasty versions of Fritz’s Corner and Hands On The Bible in the rear-view the duo closed the set with Waves Again. As if there is any other song they can close with on this tour the song built from dreamy riffs into a massive wall of feedback that rang through the PA until the band returned for a lengthy four song encore that kicked off with a cover of the Rush classic 2112.
Interesting market research was accidently conducted during California Songs. In between digs at Katy Perry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lucas observed that the Los Angeles crowd enjoys to scream the and fuck New York too section of lyrics. While we all could have a good laugh making fun of the fact that there are far too many songs about this city of Angels many in the crowd will no doubt remember California Songs for all the wrong reasons.
Having taking a solo on the opposite side of the stage from where he was set up, Lucas had to break up a fight between two sets of fans. Having watched things unfold all night I can understand the frustration of the two guys who got the venue early and waited for a front row spot. All night three drunk assholes did all they could to shove in on them (these assholes of course show up two songs into Local H’s set). While I must assume Lucas was unaware of the fact these assholes bullied these two fans all night he sure as hell stepped in when the bullied had enough and fought hard to save their spots. After Lucas got the parties to cool down he encouraged us all to stop fighting each other and go out to the street and fight the real bad guys by voting.
In watching this battle for front row supremacy brew all night it fit into everything that Hallelujah! I’m A Bum represents in America today. We are all struggling to get ahead. We will step over each other for a piece of the pie be it in our cubicles or for a front row spot to the rock and roll show. We are a nation divided and growing ever further apart and while we can put out all the hope in the universe it’s going to take a massive effort to reunite us together again. Thank you Local H for giving us a great place to start.
I have no idea why people don’t support/know of this band. My 4th time seeing the Mid West Duo and it’s no secret that New York City hasn’t gotten the full Local H platter the last 3 visits to town. First it was way back when they opened for the dreadful Electric Six at Webster Hall, then the next time they played, Livenation bumped them out of the building early due to a Midnight Showcase the Stone Temple Pilots had scheduled at the same venue a week prior to the Local H gig. . Finally there was around this time last year, where Local H came to the Mercury Lounge and rocked out yet another “early show” . That’s not the case tonight as we head back to the Mercury Lounge(the SOLD OUT Mercury Lounge), and we have Local H here with no time limits, no ‘Early show’, no album themes (even tho I did think that was cool). Tonight is Local H untamed, and you bet I’m freaking psyched for it. Adding to excitement, the opening act besides “The Apple Bros.” is, none other then Scott Lucas, who is said to be performing solo acoustic ‘Scott Lucas and the Married Men’ material. A Scott Lucas double dip, it feels like my freaking birthday. Ticket says doors are at 7:30, but I’m getting there as early as possible and snag a spot up front as usual in the latest episode(67) of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series.
So I got to the venue at 5:30. Yes, 5:30, two hours prior to doors opening. I have this extra ticket that I hope I could give away, so what’s the harm in being 1st. Wasn’t 1st anymore after a walk around the block as there are two dudes who are about to become my friends(one wearing an Elephant skull cap, you may want to take note of that hat) standing on the line wondering about Will Call and what the story is there. Again, doors not open for another 2 hours.
Sign you’re on line with people that know music: my Meat Puppets shirt was immediately recognized. Then my buddy who I met at the Lemonheads show arrived. He was here last April when Local H played, but we didn’t know each other then. So the 4 of us kicking it before the show, we’re all discussing the epic video from epic Local H shows at the Double Door, or whatever other places in Illinois they play, and not getting a chance to have one of those memorable experiences in NYC. We gotta move to Zion. They opened up the doors at 7:30, and within seconds we were in the spot we’d be spending the next 4 hours or so.
Scott came on at 8 o clock with his acoustic guitar and a chair(the chair which was used to place his drink and phone on, not for sitting) and I’m just so damn excited that this is going down I almost forgot to mention the biggest adventure of my night-my new camera! Now I can get video in this venue that you can actually see (or so I thought) “Extra Special Bitter” was second, and that’s my favorite Married Men tune. A couple songs later he played a song called “Blood Half Moons”, (the single off the new Scott Lucas and the Married Men record) where towards the end of the song, a slow rhythmic clap begins with a couple of people in the crowd. Scott during a pause says “No” to the assistance as we all laughed. Song ends and Scott looks at whoever started that and says “Thanks Dolche Gabana asshole for fucking up my pretty song. Is that what the DG stands for, Dick Gump?” Finished that set off with “Hey Rita” and Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” .He played from 8pm to 8:35pm. Total of 7 songs, and notes that he’ll be back at this very venue in June with the Married Men. I have a feeling all of you will be reading about that experience right here, at Concert Confessions (and JayPorks.Com!!!)
The second opener (or the only opener not a member of thr headlining band) The Apple Bros came on at 8:44. First thing I notice is their front man has a lefty guitar that he’s turned upside-down and re-strung.. To that I say, don’t they have tons of right handed guitars for sale already? I found myself throughout the set trying to find reasons to make fun of these guys, (like I did one sentence ago) But whatever these guys are playing, it’s not terrible. I’ve seen way worse opening acts then this. There were 10 songs listed on the set list paper in front of the bassist(none or which I could read the name of!). They had to have played more-they came on 15 mins earlier than scheduled, and when off at 9:26
Shortly, like within minutes after Apple Bros. went off , the post-grungers scrambled to get their gear set up on stage. Then at 10 o’ clock folks it was time for the headliners: St. Clair and Lucas, LOCAL H!
They played lots of new stuff tonight. Last year they played us 2 new ones, and this year they started the show in full effect with it.. ‘Cold Manor’ came second, and being such a fan of this band obsessing with YouTube watching my own taping of this song last year, I’m already singing along to this song and it hasn’t even come out yet. And last year was on a crap camera, this thing I’m wielding is real deal, . Then drummer extraordinaire Brian starts poking at the lights. Remind you folks this is a bar with a room in that back that just happens to have a stage-it’s about the twice the size my living room. It’s not like, a “light show” more then it’s just generic lights hanging maybe the band gets to pick the color who knows. Anyway, Scott asked them to dim these lights and now after the 2nd song in I’m back to basically the same lighting if not worse, then last year. That was a serious “FML” moment right there.
It’s my favorite line and you’ll see me write it every time I see this band. ‘The man I despise but the song I adore’: “Eddie Vedder” kicked off the first back to back of old school tunes of the night when it was followed by “Everyone Alive” before we busted into another newbie: “Paddy Considine” then the ever so epic “Hands on The Bible” before another new one that Scott said was “about Fox News”. Not sure if that’s the name of the song. But during Hands on the Bible, oddly, when the lyric “A pretty baby never born”, the New Yorkers let out a light cheer. Hooray abortion? Anyway, there’s two kinds of people at Local H shows: Intelligent folk who grab their spots up front quickly. That’s my little outside clique from earlier and the rest of the people along the first row. Then behind that you have these people who behave like psychopaths-the people who think Local H is like a heavy metal band or something and they’re here to slam dance and mosh. They f%&ked stuff up, including lifting two of the tables used to support amps onto the stage, and it wasn’t a direct hit, but a drink was tossed in my area. Turned to the hot chick next to me and mouthed to her “what the f%&k?” as she was also bewildered. One drunk dude got on stage and wanted to stage dive(the entire 2 and ½ feet up on stage) and Scott literally just pushed him off stage. It was awesome.
“Another February”, which is another one off the new record (titled “Hallelujah, I’m A Bum!”) was next up. Usually bands piss me off when they play a bunch of new stuff at a show, but the new Local H material is freaking incredible and I cannot wait for that to come out. But next they played “Fritz’s Corner”, “All The Kids Are Right” and “High Fiving MF” back to back to back next and by the time we got to High Fivin’ that place was back to being exactly what that song is about. The lyric “Highjack the pit you shit!” while these assholes go bananas is life imitating art. That had to be the biggest hit of the night with them. With me, the biggest hit is also this song, because right before Scott starts singing (about 55 seconds in on my video), he leans towards my camera and taps it with his guitar-he knighted my camera. Wonder if he remembers me from last year. Especially since in the middle of High Fiving they jumped into a cover of PJ Harvey‘s “To Bring You My Love”. I saw PJ Harvey two nights before I saw these guys last year.
“California Songs” was another heavy hitter right towards the end when they went into “Bound For The Floor”, and in the middle of the song the gave us a little shot of the Stooges “T.V. Eye”. (Hopefully a Local H’s Awesome Mixtape Part Two coming soon?). Oh and remember that elephant hat I mentioned earlier that one of my new found buddies was wearing? Yea, that’s Scott wearing it, at the end of the Bound for the Floor video Lucas mentions how cool the hat is. It was a great night, I just really wish it wasn’t so damn dark!
So long story short, Local H comes to town and Scotty Lucas gives us a double dip. I’m still trippin’ on that “Ain’t no Grave” he busted out during the acoustic set. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ll see these guys every time they come to town. There’s a band that gives their all every time.
I’ve already passed out on my keyboard several times writing this, so internet trolls please feel free to point out punctuation I may have missed. So next time you’ll be reading me is two weeks from today, when we hit the Melvins at Webster Hall..
Scott Lucas And The Married Men Schedule A Few Dates
We know that there’s at least one writer here at Concert Confessions who is having an awesome week. Just days after we posted Local H lining up tour dates(plus your chance to win a ticket to see them 4/15 in NYC!), it seems Scott Lucas And The Married Men are also in the business of releasing albums and playing shows this year.
Don’t get to your Googling just yet, I’m going to explain it for those who have no idea what I’m talking about. Formed as a side/solo project by Local H front man, Scott Lucas and the Married Men released an album in 2010 titled “George Lassos The Moon”, and are set to release yet another this year “Blood Half Moon”.
This “Blood Half Moon” record is slated to be released before the Local H record “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum”, which is already mixed and ready to go. And if our man Mr. Lucas wasn’t busy enough with two albums coming out this year plus the Local H tour; here we have come across some tour dates for the Married Men as well, including one on April 15th in New York City opening for….. ? You guessed it, Local H. Well, it’ll actually just be Lucas doing solo acoustic Married Men material as the first opener on the card. And I’ll remind you again, this is a ticket to a show you can win RIGHT HERE at Concert Confessions. A double dip of Local H.. sort of….. Scott Lucas and the Married Men dates below:
Scott Lucas And The Married Men 2012 dates:
4/15 – Mercury Lounge -New York City (solo acoustic set- opening for Local H)