Local H Returning With ‘Hey, Killer’ Album + Celebrating 25th Anniversary
Local H are bound to return to the music scene later this spring with their latest album, 'Hey, Killer.' The disc, which is their first full-length album with drummer Ryan Harding, is set to drop April 14 through G&P Records.
The duo teamed up with longtime producing pal Andy Gerber to lay down the disc at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio and Gerber's own Million Yen Studios in Chicago.
The band is ready to set the groundwork for the album's release with a string of February dates beginning Feb. 5 in Elkhart, Ind. They've also booked a handful of shows in April, including an April 19 date at Chicago's Metro which is set to mark the 25th anniversary of the band's first live show. (The group actually debuted on April 20, 1990 at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater).
In between the February and April shows, the band is also planning on taking part in an album listening house party tour and recording a Daytrotter session during the month of March.
As stated, this is Harding's first album with Local H leader Scott Lucas. The frontman states, "After Ryan joined, we spent the year touring and collecting riffs. Once that year was up, it was time to make a record. We didn't give ourselves a choice. We called Electrical in November and booked a couple of days in December. I hung up the phone and I was like, 'F---! What did I just do?' I was panicked. We had two songs. No lyrics. Then I listened to the recordings and demos I'd made on my phone over the past year, and I realized that we had a lot of stuff. Then the lyrics started to come together. Every day. More stuff. It was like it was out of our control. When we were done, we just looked at each other, and we were both like, 'This stuff is really f---ing good!' No one was more shocked than we were."
He adds, "The goal with this record was to trim the fat and just pile on the hooks. All killer, no filler is how the saying goes. Obvious stuff, really. In the end, you're just trying not to suck. It's a simple plan. The record's called 'Hey, Killer,' not 'Hey, Filler' (sorry)."
The band has also teamed with Pledge Music for an album pre-sale, with a variety of bundle options available that include such things as a notebook Lucas used to write lyrics for the new album, autographed items, private concerts and jam sessions and much more. The group is directing a portion of the money from the pre-sale to the MusiCares organization. To pre-order the disc, go to their Pledge Music page here.
Local H, 'Hey, Killer' Track Listing
1. The Last Picture Show in Zion
2. City of Knives
3. Freshly F--ked
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
Local H 2015 Tour Dates:
2/5 -- Elkhart, Ind. -- Five Star Dive Bar
2/6 -- Kalamazoo, Mich. -- Shakespeare's Lower Level
2/7 -- Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Blind Pig
2/8 -- Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Hard Rock Cafe
2/10 -- Amityville, N.Y. -- Revolution Bar & Music
2/11 -- Philadelphia, Pa. -- North Star Bar
2/12 -- Akron, Ohio -- Musica
2/13 -- Madison, Wis. -- High Noon Saloon
2/14 -- Iowa City, Iowa -- Gabe's
2/27 -- Eau Claire, Wis. -- House of Rock
2/28 -- Rock Island, Ill. -- Rock Island Brewing
4/17 -- Arlington Heights, Ill. -- H.O.M.E.
4/18 -- Bolingbrook, Ill. -- Tailgaters
4/19 -- Chicago, Ill. -- Metro