Two-man, Chicago band Local H have announced plans to hit the road for their first extensive tour since naming Ryan Harding as the band’s new drummer. Dates begin February 21st in Bloomington, IL and will stop in the Midwest, Texas, Florida and other spots in the Southeast.
Harding, who had been playing in Minneapolis bands Left Brain Heart and Bruder, relocated to Chicago and joined Local H late last year. In addition to a handful of Midwest shows in November and December and a killer, superhero-themed New Year’s Eve show in Chicago, Local H frontman Scott Lucas and Harding have been working on some new songs, which they’re planning to test out on this tour.
“I can’t help it. The guy just makes me optimistic,” Lucas said of Harding. “I was pretty nervous during the first show, but the reaction afterwards was so positive. I was kind of blown away. So, I just breathed a sigh of relief, and have been enjoying myself ever since.”
Fans can expect to hear the revamped line-up’s take on Local H classics like “Bound for the Floor” and “All the Kids Are Right” and on deeper cuts from their considerable catalog, as well as songs from the band’s most recent releases — Hallelujah! I’m a Bum (2012) and The Another February EP (2013).
More dates to follow in 2014.
Local H Tour Dates:
2/21 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
2/22 Columbia, MO Mojo
2/23 Springfield, MO Outland Ballroom
2/25 Dallas, TX Three Links
2/26 Austin, TX Holy Mountain
2/27 Houston, TX Scout Bar
2/28 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
3/1 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
3/2 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
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
Photo by Wade Hawk