posted January 29, 2013Tweet
Local H has given Consequence Of Sound the world video premiere of their song, “Another February.” The song originally appeared on the Chicago duo’s seventh studio album, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum (2012), and blends climatic melody with unrestrained, in-your-face rock hooks. It’s the type of barn-burner that has earned Local H a devoted fan and critical following over the past two decades.
Directed by Clayton Brown, the video for “Another February” captures guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair seemingly out of step with the world while being battered by seasonal depression. Lucas (who hails from Zion, IL) gave the mid-west insight behind the song and video: “The song was inspired by the brutal Chicago winters. It comes on after the holidays and everything just seems to slow down. Some things, like the bar industry, virtually grind to a halt - and it gets tough for people. It reminds me of animals in the wild scratching for food until the spring comes. We shot most of the video in slow motion to reflect that. And that IS my winter coat that I’m wearing. I finally said, ‘fuck it. Make me look like Kurt Russell in The Thing.’”
“Another February” has also spawned its own five song EP via Slimstyle Records to be released digitally on February 5th (with CD copies only available at the merch table on the band’s forthcoming spring tour). In addition to the title track other selections include a cover of Rush’s prog-rock opus “2112: Overture/The Temples Of Syrinx” indie rock outfit, The National’s “Terrible Love,” as well as several contrasting versions of songs from Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.
These alternate versions include “Look Who’s Rocking On Four Legs Again” (which is a full-on electrified version of “Look Who’s Walking On Four Legs Again,” which appeared as one of the sole subdued tracks on the full-length) as well as “Waves Again” (which strips the full-length’s sonically-layered coda into a sparse acoustic strum). Speaking on the shift in tone for “Look Who’s Rocking On Four Legs Again,” Lucas explained “The plan had always been to do an alternate version. Sort of like what The Rolling Stones did with ‘Country Honk’ vs. ‘Honky Tonk Women. We neglected to do that during the ‘Bum’ sessions, so we recorded Brian during a sound check in Lexington and I filled in the rest later.” He dryly adds “we tried to use the Stones mobile unit - but it wasn’t available.”
Commenting on the choice of covers included Lucas says “We started playing that Rush jam at the beginning of last year. We figured we might not be around in a 100 years, so we might as well play ‘2112’ in 2012. As for The National, if we’re honest about it, they’ve been a big influence on the new record. I don’t know how it happened, but it did.”
Unique to Local H’s sound is Lucas’s role in handling vocals as well as guitar and bass (he fills both instrumental slots via an extra pick up in his guitar). Their music has always achieved a balance of melodic aggression with more moody and textured pieces. This has allowed them to transcend genre tags and pigeon-holing while achieving Gold status on their 1996 album As Good as Dead and praise on their current album from such disparate outlets as Brooklyn Vegan, The Chicagoist, Revolver and Antiquiet.
Confirmed tour dates below.