Back in the mid-1990s Chicago’s Local H kept your typical post-grunge company. This spring the duo will be stepping up in the ranks, joining Johnny Cash, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss and Hoobastank as part of Universal Music’s ICON series. According to a press release, the series represents a ”select group of legendary artists who have been touted by Universal as representative of a genre and a generation.” Hoobastank… really?
Entitled Local H: The Island Years, the 12-track compilation features singles and rarities from the band’s three albums released under the Island Label, which include Ham Fisted, As Good as Dead, and Pack Up the Cats. The album is completed with two previously unreleased versions of songs: “Tag Along” (recorded during the sessions for Pack Up the Cats) and “Mayonnaise and Malaise (Radio Edit),” plus the Guided By Voices cover “Smothered in Hugs” from the Sling Blade soundtrack. Peep the entire tracklist below, then pre-order via Amazon.com.
The duo of Scott Lucas (guitar/bass/vocals) and Brian St. Clair (drums, vocals) have planned a two week tour to coincide with the release on April 5th. The series of gut-quaking live shows, called “The Singles Tour: All the Hits All Night”, kicks off April 14th in Ann Arbor, then rolls through much of the eastern US before wrapping up May 1st at the Windy City’s Metro. For the Local H purists, although St. Clair wasn’t a member of the band during the original Island releases, the dude can definitely keep up.
The entire itinerary can be found below the tracklisting, with tickets still available from SeatGeek. And expect more Local H news shortly; according to their Twitter feed, the duo are staying busy in the studio.
Local H: The Island Years Tracklist:
02. Bound For The Floor
03. High-Fiving MF
04. All The Kids Are Right
05. Tag Along
06. Eddie Vedder
07. Mayonnaise And Malaise (Radio Edit)
08. All-Right (Oh, Yeah)
09. Fritz’s Corner
10. Smothered In Hugs
11. Cool Magnet
12. Back in the Day
Local H 2011 Tour Dates:
4/14 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
04/15 – Akron, OH @ Musica
04/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
04/17 – Milford, CT @ Daniel Street Club
04/18 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
04/21 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
04/24 – Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
04/26 – Durham, NC @ Casbah
04/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
04/28 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
04/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
04/30 – Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s
05/01 – Chicago, IL @ Metro