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Local H Concert Reviews 6/16/10 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA & 6/18/10 – Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA

22 June 2010 9 Comments

By: Darius

Local H rolled into the Los Angeles area for two shows this past week, and yours truly was in attendance for both of them. The shows were at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood and the not-quite-so-legendary Brixton in Redondo Beach. This tour was highly anticipated and the reviews thus far have been nothing short of stellar. The 6 Angry Records tour is an ambitious one: an audience members chooses one of 6 albums out of hat, to be played in its entirety. Afterwards, Local H plays an additional set of songs spanning the bands career. Pretty f’ing awesome.

I was rooting to hear Here Comes The Zoo and 12 Angry Months for my two stops, and I scored on the former. The Troubadour show was excellent. It was beyond cool getting to hear one of my favorite rock records played in its entirety. The second set was fantastic and highlighted by “Manifest Destiny part 2”, the closer from Local H’s breakthrough album As Good As Dead.

Without a doubt, my favorite aspect of this tour is that Local H’s Scott Lucas is bringing members from Left Brain Heart, the opening band that Lucas has taken under his wing, on stage to augment the band’s sound on some of the more complicated numbers with guitar parts as well as backing vocals. Songs like “What Would You Have Me Do”, “Rock N Roll Professionals”, and “White Belt Boys” (2 drummers!), really came to life and invigorated the overall energy on stage. The Left Brain Heart guys would just jump on stage whenever their parts were needed and with killer results. I haven’t seen anyone else on stage with Scott and drummer Brian St. Claire since the 2002 Here Comes The Zoo headlining tour. Random fact from that tour: Chevelle, another Chicago-area band, actually opened that tour. They weren’t even direct support. 1 year later they played the main stage of Ozzfest.

Two days later Local H played the Brixton, which is a pretty nice place located at the Redondo Beach pier. Pack Up The Cats was pulled out of the hat and the band absolutely killed it. Scott was in a great mood and you could tell he was having a fun time on stage. One highlight was during the second set, while the band played “Bound For The Floor”. Scott noticed someone in the audience wearing a Chicago t-shirt and brought him up on stage during the middle of the song. After the crowd began to cheer, he segued right into the Chicago classic “25 or 6 to 4.”

Drummer Brian St. Claire doesn’t get enough credit in this band. The guy is an animal. Non-stop pummeling beats, amplified by the fact that he plays with his drum sticks upside down, so that the heavy side is utilized. His drum kit takes some serious abuse and it’s fun to watch.

The band didn’t take any breaks in between sets, which was pretty surprising. These were straight forward, kick ass shows that featured a full length album performance, culminated in an additional set spanning over the band’s entire career, and Scott Lucas, himself, manning the merchandise table afterwards to meet and greet with fans. Can’t be beat. You’d be hard pressed to find a band that strives this hard to make each and every show a memorable experience for their fans. Local H rules.

***Local H: Los Angeles, CA 6/16/2010***

HERE COMES THE ZOO

Eddie Vedder
California Songs
White Belt Boys
Bound For The Floor > Psycho Killer
All Right Oh Yeah
Hi Fivin’ Motherf*cker
Manifest Destiny 2

***Local H: Redondo Beach, CA 6/18/2010***

PACK UP THE CATS

24 Hour Breakup Session
Fritz’s Corner
Hands On The Bible
Hi Fivin’ Motherf*cker
California Songs
Bloodstains (Agent Orange)
Bound For The Floor > 25 or 6 to 4
Manifest Destiny 2

All Knowing Force interviewed Scott Lucas of Local H in April 2010, which you can listen to here. And for more on Local H, visit them at their official site.

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9 Comments »

  • 1942 said:

    I’m under the impression that if both Sevendust and Local H were on the same bill that you two would go into cardiac arrest and need bibs.

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  • 1devilshed said:

    I have to make it a point to catch these guys. This review pumped me up, man. The legend that is Scott Lucas. Followed them to around PJ Soles and then didn’t hear much.

    The only time I saw them was at a K-Rock show in NYC in 98 I think. They played with Big Wreck at Tramps. Was it Big Wreck? Was it Tramps?

    Can anyone help? Losing my head in my old age.

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  • Kreator said:

    After you guys posted that footage from that morning show, I’ve been obsessed with online Local H videos. Hilarious stuff.

    Chicago, the band, sucks.

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  • darius said:

    i have to share this priceless footage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq0bmT_bS6k

    worst stage dive of all time and scott just lets him have it. hilarious.

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  • Dennis said:

    I would have preferred either As Good As Dead or Here Comes The Zoo. I can see how this concept would draw the die-hard fans but don’t see how it would attract new ones.

    Is there a comprehensive list of the albums they’ve played on the tour? Did they do the last CD at any shows?

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  • SCLCommish said:

    Dennis, I think that’s the point – Local H plays music for their fans. And for themselves. They don’t really dumb it down for casual listeners, though after they play the album, they play another 45 minutes of hits.

    What other band would learn 70+ songs for a tour and not know what they’re going to play until 5 minutes before the show starts? What other band would play a 45 minute show featuring their three 15-minute opuses? What other band would have their fans vote for which songs they’ll play as they did on an earlier tour.

    They played 12 Angry Months in MN a couple weeks back. My review of that show is here: http://bit.ly/9VTaQG

    You can find reviews of shows – including the albums played – at http://www.localh.com in the reviews section of the forum.

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  • Daniel Westover said:

    12 Angry Months in SF and Reno . . .

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  • Carla said:

    The stage dive was awesome. Sad to see them relegated to dives now. Kudos to them for keeping on, though.

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  • godblessya said:

    Scott appears to be able to break into song at any point in time. Say what you want, but he’s a student of the game.

    One quick emo thing to mention – Scott’s mood is always addressed in reviews, just like this one. Hahahahaaa.

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