Two-man, Chicago band Local H announced plans to record a new album at Electrical Audio and Million Yen Studios in December. This will be the band’s first full-length record with drummer Ryan Harding and its 8th studio album overall. Longtime Local H collaborator Andy Gerber will produce, working at both Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio and Gerber’s own Million Yen Studios, both in Chicago. The album will be out this spring.
Local H has released music on various major and independent labels over the past 24 years. This time around they are working with Pledge Music to fund their album and release it directly to fans. Supporters can pre-order the album, unlock access to exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from the studio and purchase additional memorabilia. A portion of the money raised will benefit MusiCares, an organization that works to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal crisis.
The band told fans with a video (featuring a new song – “The Misanthrope”) and a letter:
So here’s the news: It’s time for the new album.
It has been a little over a year since Ryan officially joined the band, and we’ve been spending that year touring, stockpiling ideas for songs, and getting tighter as a unit. And it’s all paying off now. The new material has us energized and ready to go.
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.
You’ll get to do this by pre-ordering the album here — plus a host of other items and exclusives that are all listed on the Pledge site. Every purchase comes with a download of the album, which will be delivered when it’s ready.
Also, a portion of the proceeds here will go to MusiCares. These are the folks that helped out Scott last year after his “Russian Incident”. They’re good people and we’re very proud to support their organization.
This is a totally new thing for us and we’re very excited to see how it goes. This has been a great year, and we wanna thank all you for the support. So we’ll see you in the studio, right?
Scott and Ryan
Photo by Katie Hovland