Archive for the '90s' Category

20
Aug
20

Local H’s No Fun E.P. (Draft Resurrection)

A post began in 2014. This EP was sent to me in July of this year after I realized it was missing from my digital collection. The duo never gave up any of their intensity when this pandemic struck. I’d argue they cranked the dial further than they had had it. Chicago’s strongest, most innovative rock duo continues to give me reason to spin their entire discography.

Streaming is overwhelming. Any stream has come from within my tiny mind, there isn’t a shelf showcasing an arsenal of records making suggestions. I have amassed a large collection of albums and don’t have the brainpower to call all of it to my frontal lobe when it’s selection time. Some records will be forgotten.

Local H’s No Fun, a 6 song E.P. from 2003, was lost in the chasm of albums, E.P.s, and singles only available via physical media. This extended play consists of three originals and three reinterpretations. All are loud, full of cathartic and hearty vocals care of Scott Lucas, and brandish an impenetrable arsenal of sound. Scott and Brian flex their newfound prowess as the new iteration of Local H.

On “No Fun” Scott pleads how the charade is up, the band is bullshit and reeks of insincerity and incompetence through powerful instruments of mass destruction; H places themselves as the head of state in “President Forever” as they proclaim their ability to do whatever the hell they want. A song debuted during GWB’s term, though with lyrics like, “I’m President forever/accountable to no one no more”, it screams at our anti-leader. “Fuck Yeah, That Wide” found inspiration within Primal Scream’s “Kill All Hippies” by borrowing and slightly modifying the line, “You got the money, I got the soul!” to create a psychedelic freak-out. “FYTW” at the time was H’s longest song with a running time of nine minutes and 47 seconds.

Scott shares his influences and current listening habits with his live audience. Most live gigs include a cover song. H tackles The Godfathers’ 1988 tell it how it is “Birth, School, Work, Death” through riff-heavy distortion and emphatic proclamations. And the pandemic timely “I Just Want Something To Do” originally penned by The Ramones has Scott and Brian passionately plugged into their thunderous sound begging for some human contact.

St. Clair debuted as the new timekeeper of Local H on their 2002 LP Here Comes the Zoo. This follow-up demonstrates how cohesive of an act they became through a small body of work. With newfound synergy, Scott and Brian masterly tear any skeptic into shreds in 28 minutes.

Local H :: No Fun

Local H :: Cooler Heads

Local H continues moving forward in 2020:

Scott Lucas LIVE from the Empty Bottle’s rooftop during the pandemic

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29
Mar
15

25 Years of Local H…

Historical topics that pique my interest are captivating. A narrative written in autobiographical-like form, one that I feel almost eternally invested in, becomes an essential consumption. It’s a feat to last in the music game. You and your band released more than one record, you’re ahead of most. You’ve found enough grit and semi-success to last a decade, congratulations because you’re doing something right. The former Chicagoans of the Year, Local H, on the verge of unleashing their 8th LP, Hey Killer, have survived 25 years. But if my speakers and I are the judge, survived isn’t what Local H has done, they’ve thrived.

The band gets the significance of this milestone. On their Facebook page, they’re offering up stories of the past, studio tweaks, demos not many have heard, and tidbits on how certain songs became to be. As of now, they’re up to “Pack Up The Cats”, their third full length released in ’98.

Before “All the Kids Are Right” became the perfectly crafted story song it is, Scott looked to none other than Cheap Trick for inspiration and took his already written “Lead Pipe Cinch” and reworked it. Below, one example of the brilliant historical artifacts on display as the best duo in the game invite you to experience 25 Years of Local H:

 

 

22
Feb
15

Local H’s The Misanthrope…

 

The hardest working duo in the game, Local H, are unleashing their 8th LP in April, Hey Killer. Through their Pledge Music campaign, we’ve been sprinkled with a song here or there; snippets are rather appetizing and keep up the anticipation. The public can now take in their hard hitting “The Misanthrope”. Not one hint of Scott slowing down, and their new drummer, Ryan, hits harder than your mom after you failed her again.

 

13
Jan
15

Failure in ’15…

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I did that goofy year in review via Spotify and it wasn’t too telling of what I really was spinning last year. Or maybe I’m simply hiding something? Regardless, it did speak to one of the records I spun more frequently than others. One outta 1996. Shit, maybe it’s time to admit I’m stuck in the past. Like you, I don’t take to change oh so much. 19 years later, it’s Failure’s Fantastic Planet that won’t leave my head, or obviously my speakers. A top 20 record without a doubt…

Via their FB, Failure has confirmed they’re prepping a new record, and it leads me to believe we’ll see its release by the close of this year. New material in record format excites me; though what makes me really psyched about this news is the inevitable tour.  Their loud, crushing sound translate excellent live as they use their guitars as weapons of destruction.

13
Jan
15

RATM tears through a small school in early ’92…

 

Something historic takes place and no matter how profound it is in the moment, its true effects aren’t known till later. Two decades might begin to show how that historical moment influenced today. Rage Against the Machine set a new standard for genre defying. It’s the early 90s and heavy metal has subsided; Kriss Kross, regardless what you’ll admit to, was making you jump; nu-r&B practically ruled the charts, and Sir Mix-A-Lot was pushing boundaries. On the brink of the Nirvana era, a young Los Angeles band breaks through any genre labeling anyone wants to place on them by blending rock, mind altering guitar solos, heavy metal riffs, and an MC activist with lethal verbal delivery. It hits hard. And in a whole new way that was new to most. As we move into ’92…

 

A gem of a find lies below. Rage Against the Machine destroy the stage of the LA-based Pitzer College back in ’92. Carve out 36 minutes of your day, attach this live performance to a pair of strong, blast capable speakers, and behold this formidable quartet seven months prior to one of the more pivotal releases of the ’90s…

 

26
Nov
14

Local H Wants You to Join Them In the Studio, kinda…

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How many of your favorite acts are still gettin’ after it? They still stepping on stage and giving their all? Consistently churning out new, quality music for you to enjoy? Local H, Chicago’s hardest working act, is back at it again. The duo is stepping into the studio to create their 8th full length record. But this time, they want to make it interactive — giving us a chance to experience their chemistry and output as they progress through the record. Using Pledge Music, Scott and Ryan are offering this unique experience:

 

And this time we want you to join us. Be there when we start recording on December 3rd at Electrical Audio and Million Yen Studios right here in Chicago. You’ll get exclusive access to the entire process with updates from the studio, rough mixes, and whatever else may happen.

Depending on what you pledge/donate, Local H is offering unique incentives. My girl doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to absolutely love the used and sweaty Batman and Robin costume my $400 pledge just bought us. Check your options…

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/localh

 

We live in a time where this opportunity exists. According to Steve Albini, the man behind Electrical Audio studios, the music industry is in a great place. If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to read his current thoughts on why this is a great time to be involved in any facet of the industry:

Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry

15
Aug
14

Harvey Danger Seeing Much Deserved Press…

 

How many so called one hit wonders have an entire catalog of brilliance? Seattle’s Harvey Danger were simply unlucky. Their ’97 debut, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?, had yes, “Flagpole Sitta”, an undeniably catchy slice of chaotic power pop; but the album from start to finish was just as strong as the song that was hard to avoid in the late 90s.

Sean Nelson, the lead singer/song-writer, of Harvey Danger provides some introspection on their ill-fated one hit wonder label and what it’s like to see their debut record re-issued on wax.

It’s Complicated: Sean Nelson & Harvey Danger

A look at 9 bands of the 90s who were capable of being one of your favorite bands – and definitely still could be due to their brilliant output. Care of Brooklyn Vegan, 9 of the best ’90s bands you didn’t think were the best ’90s bands and the awesome stuff they’re doing now. Note: I’d slightly revise this list. But numerous bands have had more than a nod or two on this site.

23
Aug
08

Green Mind!

I’ve had it up to here–Listening to a small segment of people trying to put down America.  America is the greatest land on Earth and we ought to be proud of what we have.  I’m proud of America; I’m proud of our people; and I’m going to prove it.  We’re American and damn proud of it.

And then the industrial meets electro beat kicks in!  Dink, a 5-piece from Kent, Ohio used that above banter to kick off their 1995 one hit wonder, “Green Mind”.  If you were a fan of the 90s industrial scene with the likes of KMFDM, Ministry, and of course Reznor’s group, you most likely knew of the song and maybe even owned the album.  And if not, Dink got enough radio play on local alternative stations and Subterranean‘s older brother, 120 Minutes to get the word out.  (Great 120 Minutes performance here)  For someone who was more a fan of alternative music, this track was unique–with its electronic effects, torrential drum hits, swooping bassline, and rapidfire vocals.

If I were to compile a singles playlist with tracks from the 90’s that make people get up, “Green Mind” would rank high.  There seems to be infinite energy from start to finish.  I always used to think of White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” when I played the goodness below.

Dink :: Green Mind

Oh, did you not click that great 120 Minutes performance?  Sunny Day Real Estate performing the hell out of “Circles”.




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