Local H

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Local H
Local H performing live in 2014
Local H performing live in 2014
Background information
OriginZion, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Associated acts
MembersScott Lucas
Ryan Harding
Past membersMatt Garcia
Tobey Flescher
John Sparkman
Joe Daniels
Brian St. Clair

Local H is an American rock band originally formed by guitarist and vocalist Scott Lucas, bassist Matt Garcia, drummer Joe Daniels, and lead guitarist John Sparkman in Zion, Illinois in 1990. The members all met in high school in 1987 and founded Local H three years later. They are known for their unorthodox two-piece setup.

After Sparkman's departure in 1991 and Garcia's departure in 1993, Local H signed a record contract with Island Records in 1994 as a duo, where they would go on to release three albums. They became best known for their radio hit "Bound for the Floor", a single from the 1996 album As Good as Dead which peaked at No. 5 on the US Alternative Billboard Chart. The album As Good As Dead was also certified gold. Daniels was replaced by Brian St. Clair in 1999, and the group released four albums and four EPs with St. Clair on drums. Brian St. Clair's last show with Local H was in 2013.[5] In November 2013, Ryan Harding was announced as the new drummer,[6] and the band have since released two albums, Hey, Killer in 2015 and Lifers in 2020.

According to the band's Twitter account in 2015, its name comes from combining two R.E.M. songs: "Oddfellows Local 151" and "Swan Swan H".[7]


Joe Daniels era (1987–1999)[edit]

Local H formed as a result of a high school band that Scott Lucas and Matt Garcia were in called Rude Awakening, in 1987. In 1987, while attending high school in Zion, Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels began jamming together, along with Matt Garcia and John Sparkman. Local H was formed in 1990, performing their first show on April 20, 1990, at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Sparkman left the band on April 4, 1991. Local H released Drum, their first extended play, in 1991. Garcia left on January 26, 1993, and Lucas and Daniels began looking for a replacement bassist. They eventually decided to carry on as a duo with Lucas handling bass guitar frequencies after having a high school friend, Tobey Flescher, modify his guitar with an added bass pickup and second output. Local H played their first show as a true duo on September 3, 1993.

Local H recorded and released three studio albums through Island Records with the Lucas/Daniels lineup: Ham Fisted (1995), As Good as Dead (1996), and Pack Up the Cats (1998). With As Good as Dead, the band found moderate commercial success with the single "Bound for the Floor" which rose to No. 5 on the US Alternative Billboard Chart and No. 10 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Billboard Chart. The songs "Eddie Vedder" and "Fritz's Corner" additionally made Top 40 on the Alternative and Mainstream Rock Billboard Charts.

Brian St. Clair era (1999–2013)[edit]

In July 1999, after a complicated year with their label, Daniels left the group. He was replaced by former Triple Fast Action drummer Brian St. Clair, who had previously worked as a drum tech for Cheap Trick. Lucas and St. Clair released the band's fourth album Here Comes the Zoo in 2002 under the Palm Pictures record label. The No Fun EP followed in 2003 and their fifth album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, was released in April 2004 to favorable reviews.

In 2005, the band received a good deal of publicity after recording a cover of the Britney Spears single "Toxic." The track was the only studio recording featured on Alive '05, a 2005 live album that constituted the sixth major release from the band.

In 2008 the band released their sixth studio album Twelve Angry Months, a concept album in which each of the twelve songs represented a stage in a year long process of overcoming a failed relationship.

On April 5, 2011, the ICON release of the band's Island recordings became their first "best-of" compilation. In an April 22 interview with The Delaware County Daily Times, Lucas commented, "It's kinda weird but kinda cool because it doesn’t cover our entire career, so I was like, 'Let's call it The Island Years.'"

In a June 28 guest appearance on the movie review podcast/website "CinemaJaw," Lucas claimed that the next album would be out before the upcoming 2012 elections—mainly because so much of the album's content deals with it directly—expecting it to be released by February 2012.[8] In the same interview, Lucas also suggested that a working title for the album was Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, named for a song from the Depression Era. On July 11, 2012, the band announced that their next studio effort, Hallelujah! I'm a Bum, would be released on September 18. A full track listing was also published.[9]

On August 21, 2013, it was announced that St. Clair would be leaving the band after a brief farewell tour, in order to focus on his tour management company, Tour Time Productions. The departure was described as amicable and a mutual decision between Lucas and St. Clair.[10]

Ryan Harding era (2013–present)[edit]

On November 4, 2013, Ryan Harding was announced as the new drummer.[6] Previously, Harding had played with Sullen (Shanna Kiel from Sullen performed on "5th Ave. Crazy" from Here Comes the Zoo in 2001) and Short & Sweet, who had opened for Local H. Nobody else was auditioned or considered, and Harding's first show with the band was on November 8, 2013. On April 22, 2014 the band released a studio single of their cover of the Lorde song "Team". In early 2015, the duo created a Pledgemusic campaign in order to help fund the production of their new album, titled Hey, Killer.[11] The album was released on April 15, 2015 through G&P Records.[12]

On March 29, 2016, Lucas announced on WKQX that the band would celebrate the 20th anniversary of As Good As Dead by playing shows where they perform the entire AGAD album with original drummer Joe Daniels in addition to other songs with Harding on drums.[13]

In April 2017, Local H was announced as the winner of the 'Hit the Stage' contest, gaining the opportunity to open for Metallica on five dates of the WorldWired tour.[14]

In January 2020, the band premiered a new single entitled "Turn the Bow", as well as announced an upcoming studio album entitled LIFERS, set to be released in April of the same year. The album was produced by veteran audio engineers Steve Albini and Andy Gerber, features members of Deer Tick and Naked Raygun, and was mixed by J. Robbins.[15] On March 23, 2020, the band released the live video for their single "Hold That Thought." LIFERS was released on April 10, 2020.

Live shows[edit]

Local H is known for their frequent and energetic live shows. The members of the band can usually be found at their own merchandise table after shows, signing autographs and selling band T-shirts.

Local H also has a reputation for creative ideas with regards to its live shows. In addition to playing a show in Chicago every New Year's Eve, the band has also participated in several unconventional concerts over the years, such as allowing one fan to select an album name from a hat, and then playing that album in its entirety. In 2005, Local H performed an "all request tour" in which a ballot containing a breakdown of most of the bands' songs organized into various categories, resembling a traditional sushi menu, was handed out to the audience upon admittance to the venue. Audiences were allowed to pick seven songs from the "menu" and the setlist for each show was derived from these ballots.

In 2003, the band auctioned off a live show to the winner of an eBay auction. The band subsequently performed this concert at Duke O'Briens, a pub in Crystal Lake, IL.

In July 2007, Local H played an early morning show at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago at the conclusion of the Nike Rock 'N Run 5K race, where runners ended the race on the field. Tickets to this show were only available by spotting Scott Lucas in public and speaking the phrase "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control" directly to him.[citation needed] Later that same year, Local H announced a contest in which fans could make videos of themselves covering Local H songs. The winner would then get to be the opening act for Local H's New Year's Eve show later that year. A band from New York called Kung-Fu Grip won the contest with their cover of a song from Local H's No Fun E.P.

During the spring months of 2010, Local H embarked on their "6 Angry Records" Tour. Each show began with Scott holding a hat filled with slips of paper containing the band's album names. After interviewing members of the audience about which album they'd like to hear, one audience member would choose an album from the hat. The band would then play that album on the spot in its entirety, followed by an encore of other Local H favorites and covers.

In May 2012, the band launched a tour of small clubs and bars in preparation for release of a new album. In September 2016, Local H announced a North American club tour supporting Helmet.

Local H opened for Metallica on select dates during their World Wired tour after winning their "Hit the Stage" contest in 2017.

On January 1, 2018, the band announced a new live album from their 2017 European tour. The album, Live in Europe, was released on February 6, 2018.

On January 6, 2019, the band performed as the halftime entertainment of the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL Wildcard Playoff game.

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Scott Lucas – guitar, lead vocals, percussion, xylophone, synthesizer, organ (1987–present)
  • Ryan Harding – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2013–present)

Former members

  • Matt Garcia – bass guitar, vocals (1987–1993)
  • Toby (Tobey) Flescher – guitar (1987)
  • John Sparkman – lead guitar (1987–1991)
  • Joe Daniels – drums, percussion, backing vocals, whistling, live bass, live guitar;[16] performed lead guitar on September 3, 1993 on "Do You Feel Like We Do" (1987–1999, 2016)
  • Brian St. Clair – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1999–2013)[10]

Touring musicians

  • Adam McCaffery – guitar, backing vocals (2018–present)
  • Chad Williams – bass guitar (2018–present)
  • Gabe Rodriguez – backing vocals, tambourine, kazoo, drums, whistle;[16] performed drums on September 3, 1993 on "Do You Feel Like We Do", 1995 as an unofficial third member, at Edgefest in 1997, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1998, and on Alive '05 in 2004 (1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2014, and other miscellaneous years)[17][18][19]
  • Wes Kidd – lead guitar, backing vocals on the Pack Up the Cats tour and on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1998 (1998–1999)
  • Herb Rosen (1999)
  • Jason Batchko – drums, percussion (2008)[20]
  • Pete Beeman – drums, percussion (2017)



Local H discography
Studio albums9
Live albums2
Music videos10

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
1995 Ham Fisted
1996 As Good as Dead
1998 Pack Up the Cats
2002 Here Comes the Zoo
2004 Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?
  • Released: April 6, 2004
  • Label: Studio E
  • Format: CD
2008 Twelve Angry Months
2012 Hallelujah! I'm A Bum
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Label: Slimstyle Records
  • Format: CD, 2LP
2015 Hey, Killer
  • Released: April 14, 2015
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Released: April 10, 2020
  • Label: AntiFragile Music
  • Format: CD, 2LP, CS

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album title Release details
1991 Drum
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: One World Communications
  • Format: 7"
2001 Half-Life E.P.
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • Format: CD
2003 The No Fun EP
2010 Local H's Awesome Mix Tape #1
  • Released: October 19, 2010
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD, CS
2013 The Another February EP
  • Released: February 5, 2013
  • Label: Slimstyle Records
  • Format: CD
2014 The Team EP
  • Released: June 11, 2014
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD
2014 Local H's Awesome Mix Tape #2
  • Released: December 16, 2014
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD

Live albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2005 Alive '05
2018 Live in Europe
  • Released: February 6, 2018
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD, LP

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2005 Retrospective
(promotional album)
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • Format: CD
2011 ICON: The Island Years
  • Released: April 5, 2011
  • Label: Island Records
  • Format: CD

Demo releases[edit]

Year Album title Release details
1991 The Scratch Demos
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CS
1992 Local H
(also released as Is)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CS
1999 The '92 Demos
(reissue of Local H demo)
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD-R
2006 '99-'00 Demos
  • Released: June 9, 2006
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: CD
2015 Twenty-Five Years of Skin In the Game
(digital download compilation included with the coffee table book of the same name)
  • Released: December 15, 2015
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: DL

Concert Films[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2010 68 Angry Minutes
  • Released: February 23, 2010
  • Label: King of Heart Productions
  • Format: DVD
2012 There Went the Zoo
  • Released: March 1, 2012
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: DVD
2016 Straight Outta Zion
  • Released: August 16, 2016
  • Label: G&P Records
  • Format: Blu-ray


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Air[21] US Main[22] US Mod[23] UK
1994 "Cynic" Ham Fisted
"Mayonnaise and Malaise"
1996 "High-Fiving MF" As Good as Dead
"Bound for the Floor" 46 10 5
1997 "Eddie Vedder" 38
"Fritz's Corner" 36
1998 "All the Kids Are Right" 19 20 Pack Up the Cats
"All-Right (Oh, Yeah)"
2001 "Half-Life" 40 Here Comes the Zoo
2002 "Hands on the Bible"
2004 "California Songs" Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?
2005 "Toxic" (Britney Spears cover) Alive '05
2008 "24 Hour Break-Up Session" Twelve Angry Months
2009 "Machine Shed Wrestling"
2014 "Team" (Lorde cover) The Team EP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Split singles[edit]

Year Single Other artist Peak positions
US Main US Mod
1994 "Disgruntled Xmas" / "White Christmas" Sybil Vane
2000 "Birth, School, Work, Death" / "Corporation" The Blank Theory
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s) Ref.
1995 "Cynic" Jodi Wille [24]
1996 "High-Fiving MF" Jeff Stein [25]
"Bound for the Floor" Samuel Bayer [26]
1997 "Eddie Vedder" Phil Harder [27][28]
"Fritz's Corner" [28]
1998 "All the Kids Are Right" [29]
2002 "Half-Life" [30][31]
2009 "Machine Shed Wrestling" Erik Braund & Brandon Hafer [32]
2012 "Night Flight to Paris" Scott Lucas [33]
"Cold Manor" [34]

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "90's Grunge Band Performs as Nirvana, Sound Surprisingly Similar (by Brett Buchanan)". alternativenation.net. November 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Local H, 1990s post-grunge band, coming to Northampton's Gin Mill & Grille". mcall.com. April 7, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Local H - Biography & History". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Local H - Timeline - Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Local H on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "77, Suspense! w/guest Scott Lucas". CinemaJaw. June 28, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Local H releasing 'Hallelujah! I'm A Bum' (song premiere), beginning tour at the Bottom Lounge (dates)". Brooklynvegan.com. July 11, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Local H Drummer Brian St. Clair to Part Ways with Band after October Dates". Revolvermag.com. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Local H: New Album". PledgeMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "Local H Announce New Album, 'Hey, Killer'". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Walter Flakus. "ICYMI: Local H makes a special announcement with wALT". 101wkqx.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  14. ^ "Metallica Announces Winner of 'Hit the Stage' Contest". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "mxdwn PREMIERE: Local H Deftly Blends Melody and Heaviness on New Song "Turn the Bow" -". mxdwn Music. January 22, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  16. ^ a b ""Bound for the floor" at Triple RRR radio Australia". Facebook. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  17. ^ gremlinjoke (October 24, 2011). "Local H "Bound for the floor" Edge fest 1997". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  18. ^ kbring (November 29, 2006). "Local H - Bound For The Floor (live 12-13-2002)". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  19. ^ auger3d (December 3, 2014). "Local H 2014-11-29 "City of Knives"". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  20. ^ JohnMichaelO (April 6, 2008). "Local H "Keep On Rockin' In The Free World"". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  21. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/local-h/chart-history/radio-songs
  22. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/local-h/chart-history/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks
  23. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/local-h/chart-history/alternative-songs
  24. ^ "S.T.A.R. Collection" (PDF). Library.vanderbilkt.edu. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  25. ^ "Local H - High-Fiving MF - Music Video - MTV". Mtv.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  26. ^ "Local H - Bound For The Floor - Music Video - MTV". Mtv.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  27. ^ "Local H - Eddie Vedder - Music Video - MTV". Mtv.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Humor Rages Below The Surface Of Local H's Music". Articles.mcall.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  29. ^ "Local H - All The Kids Are Right - Music Video - MTV". Mtv.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  30. ^ "Bill Draheim - About". Billdraheim.com. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  31. ^ "Phil Harder Director". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  32. ^ LocalHDtours (April 14, 2009). "Local H - Machine Shed Wrestling". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  33. ^ "Local H - "Night Flight To Paris"". Vimeo.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  34. ^ "Local H Premiere New Music Video, "Cold Manor"". Revolvermag.com. September 18, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2016.

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