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Local H

Local H: As Good As DeadAs Good As Dead (1996)
Island Records

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If you don't like grunge, you won't like this band or this record, plain and simple. The Bleach-esque sound was obvious on their debut record Ham Fisted, so there is no doubt that Nirvana and countless other grunge bands influenced the multi-talented frontman Scott Lucas. Keep in mind that Local H i.
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If you don't like grunge, you won't like this band or this record, plain and simple. The Bleach-esque sound was obvious on their debut record Ham Fisted, so there is no doubt that Nirvana and countless other grunge bands influenced the multi-talented frontman Scott Lucas. Keep in mind that Local H is (the majority of the time) a 2-man act. Joe Daniels and Scott Lucas are credited in the liner notes of this record, but guest musicians and bass players would appear on later albums. Quite often you forget it's only two men, as Lucas apparently rigs his guitar with bass pickups to produce the sound of a full band, which puts stripped-down acts like the White Stripes and Death From Above 1979 to shame.

The record begins with the depressing yet captivating intro "Manifest Density Pt.1," which leads right into "High-Fiving MF." Now, this is the song that will filter out many listeners from the get go, which is too bad because they won't realize what they're missing in this band, and this record. Upon hearing this song many will ask "Is this guy for real?"; It can easily be perceived as simplistic, cheesy, repetitive and annoying, but after several listens to the record, the listener begins to understand the meaning and context of the song. If you grew up in a small town, you will understand these songs a lot better. What is this song about? Rednecks, assholes, politicians, whatever you want it to be about; bottom line is it's a middle-finger to all the egos and ignorance that one witnesses in the cocaine-fueled, truck-obsessed, get-laid-at-any-cost society. At recent live shows this song is often dedicated to George W. Bush.

Next up is the radio-friendly single, "Bound For The Floor." This song always reminds me of a long lost era which embraced depressing music; the simplistic churning guitars and vocals nod to the drudge of Alice In Chains. While it is a great song, there remains to be much better tracks on this record.

Standout tracks for wary listeners include the poppy, anti-love anthem "Lovey Dovey," the fast-paced "I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are," the scathing self-analysis of "Nothing Special" (one of my personal favorites), and "Freeze-Dried (F)lies" is, musically, the most pleasing to the ear.

Lucas introduces Local H's soft side with great ballads such as "No Problem" and "O.K." While the track "Eddie Vedder" delves into simple mid-tempo grunge, it proves to be one of the catchiest songs on record, poking fun at his own insignificance in the pool of life and music; Lucas asks "If I was Eddie Vedder, would you like me any better?" (this song also doubles as the title track).

The album closes with "Mainfest Density Pt. 2" (and no, it's not destiny) which leaves the (preferably stoned) listener bathing in layers of distorted guitar and a thumping bass line as Lucas chants "You're on to something good, but it can't be all that matters." Indeed, with Local H, you are onto something good...

 

 
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Godfather (October 2, 2005)

perfection

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

awesome.....really...."Born to be down, learned all my lessons before now.." ...it rocked..

TJmoney (February 27, 2005)

"lol Screech"

-I need to always check if I'm logged in

piss away potential every day is a waste...and I'm wasted everyday...

Anonymous (February 27, 2005)

lol Screech

dustindiamond (February 26, 2005)

"anybody from cleveland should remember 107.9 playing "high fivin' mf", "bound for the floor", "eddie vedder", AND "fritz's corner" from this album in 96-97, and that wasn't a bad thing."

yikes...107.9 reference

-dustindiamond

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

what about that "Fritz's Corner" song? It's a ripper!

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

awesome cd from the good ole days

littleblackridinghood (February 25, 2005)

i remember the good ol' days when 107.9 didn't suck. fritz's corner is my far the best song on this record, and it was awesome when they played on it on the radio. btw- remember when they used to play bad religion and face to face? ok, thats enough nostaligia for one day./

stevejonestherealbones (February 25, 2005)

""" these guys are more punk than 75% of the stuff that is featured on this site."

that goes for 90% of bands"

you can make up statistics to prove anything... 43% of people know that"

67% of grandmothers agree

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

Nein Danke!

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

" these guys are more punk than 75% of the stuff that is featured on this site."

...um no. I've dealt with the douche bag who these idiots use to book their shows, a guy who runs the "herban music" site. He claims on several portions of his page that he supports DIY, but seems to love booking opening bands and making them pre-sell tickets to pay his touring bands' guarantees.

Anyone who claims to be DIY but threatens legal action against local bands who can't/won't sell enough tickets to pay his bands' guarantees is about as phony as you can get. Fuck that guy and fuck any band who works with him.

-Ken

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

anybody from cleveland should remember 107.9 playing "high fivin' mf", "bound for the floor", "eddie vedder", AND "fritz's corner" from this album in 96-97, and that wasn't a bad thing.

yes, there was a time long ago when radio was actually listenable.

pack up the cats is just as good, too.

sickboi (February 25, 2005)

"Bound to the Floor" kicks ass.

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

"" these guys are more punk than 75% of the stuff that is featured on this site."

that goes for 90% of bands"

you can make up statistics to prove anything... 43% of people know that

stevejonestherealbones (February 25, 2005)

" these guys are more punk than 75% of the stuff that is featured on this site."

that goes for 90% of bands

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

I'm so happy this is on Punknews.org. I think the reviewer went a little overboard about how "grunge" these guys are. Especially now with their last few records and their attitude, these guys are more punk than 75% of the stuff that is featured on this site.

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

"And you just don't get it . . . ."

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

i saw these guys play last year and they fuckin rocked it. extremely underrated.

TheOneTrueBill (February 25, 2005)

Oh man, this brings me back to 1996-1997. I was 10 years old and one of my friends had this CD and we'd listen to "High Fiving MF" over and over again.

Good times, good times.

TJmoney (February 25, 2005)

Fritz's Corner is the best song on this cd...you forgot to mention it

man...I bought this cd eight years ago I had pretty much forgotten about it for a long time until about 6 months ago...it's a really good cd but it's all about Fritz's Corner

*Yeah Mom, the F-Word is on this album...*

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

"If you don't like grunge, you won't like this band or this record, plain and simple. The Bleach-esque sound was obvious on their debut record Ham Fisted, so there is no doubt that Nirvana and countless other grunge bands influenced the multi-talented frontman Scott Lucas. Keep in mind that Local H is (the majority of the time) a 2-man act. Joe Daniels and Scott Lucas are credited in the liner notes of this record, but guest musicians and bass players would appear on later albums. Quite often you forget it's only two men, as Lucas apparently rigs his guitar with bass pickups to produce the sound of a full band, which puts stripped-down acts like the White Stripes and Death From Above 1979 to shame.

The record begins with the depressing yet captivating intro "Manifest Density Pt.1," which leads right into "High-Fiving MF." Now, this is the song that will filter out many listeners from the get go, which is too bad because they won't realize what they're missing in this band, and this record. Upon hearing this song many will ask "Is this guy for real?"; It can easily be perceived as simplistic, cheesy, repetitive and annoying, but after several listens to the record, the listener begins to understand the meaning and context of the song. If you grew up in a small town, you will understand these songs a lot better. What is this song about? Rednecks, assholes, politicians, whatever you want it to be about; bottom line is it's a middle-finger to all the egos and ignorance that one witnesses in the cocaine-fueled, truck-obsessed, get-laid-at-any-cost society. At recent live shows this song is often dedicated to George W. Bush.

Next up is the radio-friendly single, "Bound For The Floor." This song always reminds me of a long lost era which embraced depressing music; the simplistic churning guitars and vocals nod to the drudge of Alice In Chains. While it is a great song, there remains to be much better tracks on this record.

Standout tracks for wary listeners include the poppy, anti-love anthem "Lovey Dovey," the fast-paced "I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are," the scathing self-analysis of "Nothing Special" (one of my personal favorites), and "Freeze-Dried (F)lies" is, musically, the most pleasing to the ear.

Lucas introduces Local H's soft side with great ballads such as "No Problem" and "O.K." While the track "Eddie Vedder" delves into simple mid-tempo grunge, it proves to be one of the catchiest songs on record, poking fun at his own insignificance in the pool of life and music; Lucas asks "If I was Eddie Vedder, would you like me any better?" (this song also doubles as the title track).

The album closes with "Mainfest Density Pt. 2" (and no, it's not destiny) which leaves the (preferably stoned) listener bathing in layers of distorted guitar and a thumping bass line as Lucas chants "You're on to something good, but it can't be all that matters." Indeed, with Local H, you are onto something good... "

-No.

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