It’s been a long time since I’ve heard anything about Local H. And although I’ve never been much of a fan (due not to dislike, but unfamiliarity), this EP may change that. First off, The No Fun EP, as a whole, is great, but the damn title track with its incessant repetition of the line “it’s no fucking fun” makes the song just that.
The No Fun EP is harder and more intense than I remember Local H. “President Forever” and “Cooler Heads”, the other two originals on the EP, sound like long-lost, Bleach-era Nirvana tracks complete with ear piercing feedback, chugging distortion and that melodic yelp/scream that defined grunge over a decade ago.
There are three cover songs on the album including The Godfather’s “Birth, School, Work, Death” and The Ramone’s “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do”. Their renditions are reverent and rock as hard as the originals while taking on a Local H feel. The last track, a sort of cover of Primal Scream’s “Fuck Yeah, That Wide” takes up a third of the EP’s total playing time (about 30 minutes). It’s “sort of” a cover because they attribute the lyrics to Primal Scream, but the music to “every band who’s ever done this shit before”. I’m not familiar with the original and I’m not sure what they mean by that acknowledgement, but it pretty much sums up the overall gist of the EP. That is, there are covers, originals that sound like covers and a blend of both.
I like that they included covers to go along with their originals. It adds that little something extra and a bit more incentive for purchase. I wish more bands would do this with their EPs. So during the grunge comeback in ten years when the older guys get nostalgic, the younger guys discover it for the first time and Courtney Love’s greedy ass finally gets paid what she’s been asking for Nirvana’s lost tapes, this will be considered ahead of it’s time. So nevermind the title, it sure sounds like they had fun.