22
Apr
20

P.J. Soles From the Bunker

You rocked the vote! The people made it be known that Local H will raucously storm through their ’04 record Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles this Friday at 9 CT. A record with “California Songs”, a catchy, yet venomous ode to lovers of the coastal state and their knack for boasting how wonderful they’re doing. Most live sets include this track. It’s catchy, has an opportunity to shout expletives, and speaks the truth. Witnessing Local H outside of Chicago leans heavily on past singles and staple songs you’ve heard before. Other P.J. Soles songs are rarely part of a set.

2004 isn’t far removed from what some consider Local H’s heyday: the 90s where a few singles saw heavy radio play. Throughout this smart, ferocious record, the theme of failure and lack of relevance permeates. On the concise, blistering “Where Are They Now?”, a heavy-hitting drum pattern loops as Scott shouts in staccato bursts, “You’re never, you’re never, you’re never gonna get it!”; 83 seconds later, this attack bleeds into the floor stomping “Everyone Alive”. A fast-charging rocker assuring Scott’s peers, “I’m alright, I’m just fine, I’m alive, I’m alright.” Perhaps this back-to-back introduction to Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles is a knock at his band never hitting the marks his previous label expected.

These times are presenting us with opportunities to witness music in a unique manner. It’s been over a decade since Local H ripped through these 14 songs from front to back. On “Heavy Metal Bakesale”, through explosive fuzz, Scott vehemently shouts, “How are you gonna live at 40?”. Let me tell you, Scott: On Friday, from the comfort of my chair, I’m going to rage with you and Ryan, have an excellent sightline, and be in bed by 10. Thank you.


1 Response to “P.J. Soles From the Bunker”


  1. April 22, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    This is going to be awesome! I had no idea it was this Friday night? Thanks so much for doing this right up and getting the word out, Local H appreciate your help.


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