INTERVIEWS LOCAL H
Joe Daniels: Hey, howís it goingÖ
VOX: Welcome back to LA.
VOX: Letís start with some easy questionsÖHow did you guys get togetherÖand how did it end of being just end up being the two of you?
Joe: We met in high school, close to the last years in high school pretty much, we just got together started playing, you know writing songs together, playing whatever, doing covers, just messing around. Then we actually formed the band, in í90, we had a bass player, and we started doing gigs. I moved down to Chicago, played at clubs doing covers, playing colleges, thatís about itÖ
VOX: Any favorite covers?
Joe: Not really covers, I mean thatís how we got together, got to know each other in the band, it doesnít mean we were a cover band. It was just playing what we like to hear.
VOX: where did the name local h come from?
Joe: Umm, we really donít know, we neverÖthereís really no meaning behind it. Everyone asks us and theyíre not going to get anything out of us. Why would we tell and then it would be over!
VOX: What was the scene in Zion (Illinois, their home town)? What was it like there or was there a scene?
Scott Lucas: Nah, none at all! There was no scene in Zion. It was just a town with nothing to do. And, uh, thatís how scenes start. But, nothing really took hold there.
VOX: What do you think of LA, the scene?
Scott: What do I think of LA?
VOX: The music sceneÖ
Scott: The music scene? I donít really think, I donít know if there is one. I mean, Iím not really sure. I donít really live here. I just think things here in LA are a little too professional. Itís just a little too much about performing and things like that. I mean thereís some fine bands outta LA; such as RATT, you know, things like thatÖumm
Joe: Itís usually when we come out to LA and play a show its so industry out here. The crowd is just (looks up and poses). So weíre not knocking it but weíre just saying itís a little weird out here. Kinda like New York, and all the big cities. Itís like the industry takes overÖ
VOX: What about other scenes that you particularly liked, like Nashville?
Joe: Scene, schmene, I donít really care about scenes. If people come to our shows, and thatís a scene, then I donít really care about itÖ
Scott: Itís kinda hard to comment on a particular scene when you donít really live there, you donít really know.
VOX: Well, sometimes, traveling to different cities, you know if youíve been there enough times it can expose you to different vibes.
Joe: Yeah, I feel no vibe in LA, if thatís what youíre asking. Iíve never felt a vibe here. Itís always been really weird. Just kinda play the show, get off the stage and go! That type of thing. Iíve definitely felt vibes in Portland.
VOX: There have been more than a few comparisons to NirvanaÖ
Joe: I guess thatís not bad, itís not like they sucked or anything! Umm, but people are always going to point their finger and compare you to something and thatís how this world is. Whatever we do, we could do a classical record and there would still be references to Nirvana. Whatever, we donít really give a shit.
VOX: Well similar to Nirvana, you have a real dedicated fan base.
Scott: itís really important for me to have things based on the music, the live shows rather than antics and stunts, your face on magazines and things like that. Hopefully those people will see a level of honesty in that and I donít want to beat it in the ground and be too serious about it. I still want to have a good time. But I still want it to be about music and I enjoy bands that are like that.
VOX: Where do you see alternative music going?
Joe: Alternative music? I donít care where it goes. Rock music, uhh, weíre a rock band, and I think weíll always be a rock band, weíve always been a rock band. I think that format [rock] will stick around Ė itís always been around. Itís going to stay; it just depends on what you want to doÖ
VOX: Where does your inspiration come from?
Scott: Pretty much rock bands you know. I donít really feel rock is limiting, and I donít think of it that way. I mean when I was growing up listening to Led Zeppelin and you would listen to a record by them, and they would dabble in a lot of different styles in one record. Houses of the Holy is a good example of that. I donít feel like I need to move in any one direction to be able to express myself. I feel pretty comfortable in the Ďrock genre.í
VOX: "All The Kids Are Right" is a play on The Who - whatís the inspiration behind that?
Scott: Just the idea of playing a bad show, you know. And, the kids wanting to get revenge on you. You know, theyíve paid the money to see you, and they told everyone itís going to be a great show, and itís a bad show. That kind of thingÖ
VOX: "She Hates My Job" is another great song, what inspired that?
Scott: "She Hates My Job" is like, you can be on the road, and it can take a toll on you, personal relationships and things like that. Itís justÖ
Joe: Pretty much how it sounds, huhÖ
Scott: Yeah, itís just meant to be another joke.
VOX: Is it from the perspective of a musician?
Scott: I am trying to think if there is a connection Ė
Joe: It could be anything, you could be a salesmanÖ
Scott: It could be anything.
VOX: I can see that. Whatís the deal with the cat theme?
Joe: Nothing muchÖ
VOX: Are you guys cat lovers or...is it "Hey letís do something with this?"
Scott: Each year I proclaim something different. Like one year itíll be about busts, and another, and that year was just cats, and cruelty to cats. So, it just follows that Ė I canít remember what the theme is for this year, but I forgot it. Oh, It might be midgets or something!
VOX: What is the creative process like for you guysÖare the songs just jokes, something you have fun with?
Scott: No, you want the songs to work on a couple of different levels; you want them personal, for yourself, but you also want other people to get something out of it. Every line can, and should mean two things, so you can see it on a bunch of different levels. Itís more fun that way. I have no interest in straitjacketing any songs in what they mean. Just as long, people can think what they want, but each song does have its personal little thing for me, and, umm, yeah!
VOX: How do you guys write songs?
Scott: You want to have a song that has a good riffÖI think songs usually start out with riffs. I think they do. I-Iím pretty sure. I heard about some people writing a song, starting with the chorus, then filling in the verses. We usually start from the beginning and go to the end. We start with the riff and then start with the verse and then make it better for the chorus. And I think thatís a better way to work. You can start with a good chorus and then come up with an average verse.
VOX: Is it all done at the studio?
Scott: No, we work out everything live before we go into the studio.
Joe: I mean, there might be some rearranging in the studio, but no song writing. Weíre not one of those bands. Itís a little pricey and stupid.
Scott: You might end of with a Zooropa [U2] if you do that. You end up with a record less based on songs, and more on sounds. And, youíre excited cause you found this new sound and you forget that Itís not that much.
VOX: What can we expect from you tonight?
Joe: Scott in a bra!
Scott: Yeah, weíre learning a Whitesnake songÖ
VOX: You said that with a straight face!
Scott: We got the CD right there!
Joe: Seriously! Are we known as liars or something? Whatís going on?
VOX: No, no, noÖ
Scott: I think itís a seven minutes song, which is kickass and weíll just walk up there and play it!