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Local H Continues Their Deal With Dorian Gray (And Other Mixed Metaphors); Plus, A Free Download!

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 14, 2012 7:00PM

Photo by Wade Hawk

We've come to the conclusion that the most striking thing about Local H is that they're one of the very few bands that have been around for over 20 years and still manage to come up with consistently good albums. Seriously, name another band that's had such a long tenure and avoided any missteps in their back catalog. Part of this can probably be attributed to the fact that Scott Lucas has had numerous other outlets through the years for non-Local H material—Scott Lucas and the Married Men, Prairie Cartel, A Band Called Horse, Cisco Pike, etc.—so he's able to change focus as needed.

Local H's new album continues this uncanny run of solid material with Hallelujah! I'm A Bum, out next Tuesday. The band has given us the album track "Blue Line" to share with you as a preview, and it's one of our favorites on the disc. It encapsulates many of the musical themes running through the album and captures both the wistful airs and the fury that makes it such a compelling listen. We understand some may simply view Local H as a loud, savage rock band, but the thing that makes them endure is the fact that underneath it all there's a vulnerability that truly drives the music's beating heart. Give it a listen and we think you'll agree with us.

MP3: Local H "Blue Line"

To celebrate the album's release the band has two appearances scheduled over the next few days. Tomorrow, September 15, they'll tape an appearance on Chic-a-go-go. If you want a chance to see Lucas and Brian St. Clair dance with a bunch of kids, their goofy parents, and Ratso, show up at 322 S. Green St. for the 3 p.m. taping. And then Tuesday, September 18, the band plays a proper album release party at Bottom Lounge.