Local H Hittin' the Road

Local H have already shaken off the holidays and have kicked 1999 into full gear. After celebrating the new year in grand style - with two shows at the Metro in Chicago, IL complete with friends, family, fans and costumes (the guys dressed as Father Time and the New Year’s Baby)- LOCAL H went right into a recording studio in their hometown (Zion, IL) to work on a song for the upcoming Pixies tribute album. They’re working with fellow Zion-mate and The Shoes’ singer/guitarist/songwriter Jeff Murphy on the track "Tame" for the tribute (tentatively scheduled for release May 18), which also includes covers from Reel Big Fish, Weezer, Eve 6 and Superdrag.

Once that’s done, singer/lyricist/guitarist/bassist Scott Lucas is heading to Denver, CO to perform a short acoustic set at the "Acoustic After Burner" concert that’s part of this year’s "X-Games," a week-long event where athletes compete in snowboarding, skiing, and other winter sports. After a brief rest, LUCAS and drummer Joe Daniels will be taking to the road on February 6 starting a one-month co-headlining U.S. tour with Fuel performing in 1,000-seat venues. With stops from Philadelphia to San Francisco, LOCAL H will also perform in Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, which are among cities that they’ll be hitting for the first time since their latest album, Pack Up the Cats (Island) was released in September ‘98.

In a recent review of a performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, Ann Powers of the New York Times noted: "The pair, occasionally assisted by a second guitarist, Wes Kidd, and their tour manager and backup vocalist, Gabe Rodriguez, roared mightily. The room-filling sound brought to mind the fact that Nirvana was only a trio." In further news, the album’s second radio track "All Right (Oh Yeah)"- the follow-up to "All The Kids Are Right," which reached Top 15 on Billboard’s "Mainstream" and "Modern Rock Tracks" charts--will be released February 26. Fans should start calling their local radio stations now to load up on those early requests.