Two-man Chicago band Local H announced the second leg of their spring tour today. The dates, which take them out to the West Coast for the first time since drummer Ryan Harding joined the band, include a stop at The Satellite in Los Angeles on May 29th. The band previously announced an East Coast tour that begins next month.
Harding, who had been playing in Minneapolis bands Left Brain Heart and Bruder, relocated to Chicago and joined Local H late last year. Harding’s first official tour with Local H, which covered Texas, Florida and parts of the Midwest, wrapped up earlier this month.
On this tour, fans can expect to hear a couple of new songs, some interesting covers and 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).
Before they hit the road this spring, Local H will record the two new songs they debuted during their winter tour, as well as some covers they have been playing live. They began recording at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio this week with longtime producer Andy Gerber. These will be the band’s first recordings with Harding.
“Rather than wait until we have enough songs for a full length, we just wanna record the songs as they come to try and capture that energy when it’s new and exciting,” explains Local H frontman Scott Lucas. “We also want to record the odd cover here and there for our next ‘Awesome Mix Tape’ EP.”
On May 2nd, Lucas will team up with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins) and bassist Matt Ulery under the band name Mary Shelley for a unique live performance during CIMM (Chicago International Music & Movies Fest). The trio will score Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film masterpiece “Battleship Potemkin” at 1st Ward (2033 W. North Ave.). Lucas, a film buff who also writes about movies for Chicagoist, jumped at the chance to combine two of his biggest passions.
“I played with Jimmy last summer for this thing at the Metro, and I couldn’t believe how natural and comfortable it was to play with him. And, it was fucking fun, too,” says Lucas. “So we’d been looking for something to do together. And, it was at one of Matt’s shows with his band where it hit me that I should get those two together. If for no other reason, just so I could watch what would happen.”
Local H Spring Tour:
3/29 Forest Park, IL Chalk – Scott Lucas solo acoustic show
4/16 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
4/18 Richmond, VA Canal Club
4/19 Washington, DC DC9
4/20 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
4/21 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
4/23 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space
4/24 Allston, MA Great Scott
4/25 Portland, ME Asylum
4/26 Burlington, VT Signal Kitchen
4/28 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room
4/29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/30 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
5/2 Chicago, IL CIMM Fest – Scott Lucas, Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Ulery play as Mary Shelley – live film scoring of “Battleship Potemkin”
5/3 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
5/17 Chicago, IL Double Door – The M@ Show – Benefit with Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and others http://www.doubledoor.com/event/529031/
5/23 Waterloo, IA Spicoli’s Grill
5/24 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
5/25 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
5/27 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live
5/28 San Diego, CA The Hideout
5/29 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
5/30 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
5/31 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern
6/2 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
6/3 Seattle, WA El Corazon
6/4 Missoula, MT The Palace Lounge
6/6 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
6/7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s