HCTZ review from Q101.com


Local H Here Comes the Zoo

by Porn Star

"And you don't have to get all snooty when you review Scotty's record either. Remember - if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" --Scott Lucas' Mom, Localh.com

In 1998, Local H released Pack Up The Cats, the eagerly awaited follow up to their break through album As Good As Dead. But after internal troubles at their former label, the album only released one successful single, and eventually Local H shows were happening less and less. By all indications, it looked like Local H was down for the count. Not so. Local H has released an amazingly strong rock album, Here Comes the Zoo. Here we find the band (Scott Lucas and former Triple Fast Action drummer Brian St. Clair), trading the instant hooks of Cats for the straight ahead rock of their earlier efforts, but with less grunge. Interestingly enough, the new disc has more of a stoner rock feel to it.

Case in point; stoner rock pioneer Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame lends backing vocals for "Rock and Roll Professionals," an ode to the bands that come to town, rock for cash and find time for a quick groupie or two. ("When the rock n roll professionals roll into town you know they're well paid/they'll meet you and they'll great you and then after the show someone will get laid") While Zoo is a musical and lyrical departure for the members of Local H, they haven't turned their back on their former sounds altogether. The catchiness that dominated Pack up the Cats is kept alive on tracks like "Keep Your Girlfriend Away From Me" and "Fifth Ave Crazy". On "Creature Comforted" and "Bryn Mawr Stomp", Scott attacks growing old, turning soft, becoming desensitized and living easy; signs he's maturing, but can still rock enough to let you know he's not going quietly. (Their website features a talking ventriloquist's dummy, which spews out the line, "There's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster")

One of Local H's finest moments yet comes in "What Would You Have Me Do", the closing track of the album. Lyrically, the song is reminiscent of Zeppelin's "No Quarter" at times, while musically the song is dark and a fitting end to the album. A twenty-five minute track, of which about eleven minutes is song. The song is broken into two song parts, with the second part expanding upon the first. Here Comes the Zoo isn't a record with 10 songs full of quick and easy hooks you fall in love with on the first listen. It's a thoroughly rewarding album that gets better every time you put it on, as what they're trying to say becomes clearer and clearer. And maybe after a few more spins in the Discman, it will be my favorite Local H record yet.

P.S. I hope you liked this review Mrs. Lucas