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Local H: Whatever Happened To P.J. Soles?Whatever Happened To P.J. Soles? (2004)
Studio E

Reviewer Rating: 4


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It's late on a Saturday night. You and three of your buddies are hanging out at your friend's house flipping through the channels. You stumble upon a flick that was filmed before anyone was born, however everyone's watched it before and it holds a nostalgic value. An actor/actress pops up on the .
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It's late on a Saturday night. You and three of your buddies are hanging out at your friend's house flipping through the channels. You stumble upon a flick that was filmed before anyone was born, however everyone's watched it before and it holds a nostalgic value. An actor/actress pops up on the screen and everyone begs the question, "Whatever Happened to‚?¶"

The Chicago rockers Local H are asking just that, "Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?" is the title of their sixth record and first release from Studio E Recordings. The name's not ringing a bell? P.J. Soles was one of the many female stars of the silver screen in the late 70's and early 80's appearing in such classics as, "Carrie," "Halloween," and "Stripes."

It's late on a Saturday night. You and three of your buddies are hanging out at your friend's house listening to the radio. Familiar lyrics fill the room, "And you just don't get it / You keep it copasetic / And you learn to accept it / You know it's so pathetic." Everyone begs the question, "Whatever happened to Local H?"

The twosome decided to answer that question with a guitar and a set of drums. For those out of the loop, long before the White Stripes struck the modern radio waves there was another rock duo creating tolerable music in the mainstream culture. From the ashes of 90's Grunge Local H grew into popularity with their hit single "Bound for the Floor." Since then maybe a few songs by the group graced the ear drums of those who spun their dials onto alternative radio shows, but for the most part the band lost their fame.

We all know that how successful a band is isn't define by a hit jingle played every night at eight, but what's wrong with dipping your hand in the honey pot now and then? I feel with this record Local H has the ability to etch them back on modern rock radio. The album's single "California Songs" displays a sound so reminiscent of what you would have heard on the radio pre-Green Day. Upbeat jams like "Where Are They Now" and "Everyone Alive" might be the kind that restores their high marks with the big guys once again. Fueling the band with the ever-popular Garage Rock sound are "Dick Jones" and "Money on the Dresser," but they don't come across as tired or used. If the aggressive "Heavy Metal Bake Sale" doesn't get you pumped up, then there's something wrong with you. The fourteen tracks mix well and exhibit a great flow, even the ten minute song, "Buffalo Trace," is distinctive enough that it won't phase your attention span.

Is this enough to give the band another gold record? Perhaps, not everything is destined for mainstream success though. This is Local H and this is a Local H record. The group has a distinct rock/grunge/punk sound and if you've heard anything from their backlog then you know you'll be saturating your ears with a rock formula that's either a hit or a miss. As for those of you who are new, start here, this is their most diverse and finest effort thus far.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Sure as hell beats all this cry baby shit nowadays. Damn good band.

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

This has to be one of the greatest bands I ever heard in my life, live even better. Great energy.

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

"the song Fritz's Corner rules"

Hell yes!

TJmoney (April 11, 2004)

the song Fritz's Corner rules

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

Bound for the used bin is more like it.

They did have a couple of alright songs from their earlier lp's, but their last couple have been pretty horrid.

Anonymous (April 8, 2004)

latex generation is horrible. they were on onefoot records i know at one time.

rightcliqificus (April 8, 2004)

You also used the word "backlog" incorrectly. I know I'm just picking stuff apart here, but why use it if you don't know the meaning. I'm assuming you meant "back catalog", but i'm beginning to think that you just use rarely used words to sound cool or something.

rightcliqificus (April 8, 2004)

You used "begs the question" incorrectly..... and twice. Please don't use a phrase like that unless you can use it correctly. It makes you sound like a douche.

Anonymous (April 8, 2004)

bound to the floor is so badass.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

born to be down!

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

Riff randall rock n roller!

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

Hmm, Local H. I just don't get it...

TheOneTrueBill (April 7, 2004)

Yeah, they're still huuuuuuge in Chicago and the greater state of Illinois. They hit every little crevice of it on their tours, which is nice to see.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

Thats chicago though, there arent so many people outside of the windy city that care though. Good for us though, theres nothing like having something that no one appreciates until it kicks them in the balls.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

This band is ROCK. While not as good as here comes the zoo, They are still a million times better than any band that they are usually compared too.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

that metro show is sold out. apparently people remember this band.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

"I prefer to the female-fronted version of this band on Thick Records. I cannot remember their name, and they probably aren't all that alike. Uh oh Spaghettio."

Are you talking about Sullen? If so, they broke up. But that girl sings on Here Comes The Zoo on the song 5th Ave. Crazy.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

Black drummer = Hotness?

lieutenant (April 7, 2004)

I prefer to the female-fronted version of this band on Thick Records. I cannot remember their name, and they probably aren't all that alike. Uh oh Spaghettio.

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

jack frost was a michael keaton move, not a tim the tool man taylor movie.

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

why aren't they on thick?

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

yeah what the fuck PJ soles is riff randal from "Rock n Roll High School", WHAT THE FUCK. Oh yeah she was in jack frost also. the horror one not the tim the tool man taylor one. bitches

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

these guys haven't been as hot since they dropped the black drummer.

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

no matter how popular or unpopular these guys are they'll still be one of my favorite bands

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

There was a 7 inch by latex generation called "whatever happened to p.j soles"....

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

Great CD......this band has been awesome for a long time, PACK UP THE CATS and HERE COMES THE ZOO are their best records.

TheNightProwler (April 6, 2004)

I'm not a huge fan of these guys but I'm going to see them this Friday @ The Metro since my buddy had a ticket to spare, hopefully it will be a good show.

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

...and fuck new york too

Mr_Pink (April 6, 2004)

PJ Soles = Riff Randall.

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