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Local H Biography

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Birth Place: Zion, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1987—present
Genres: Grunge, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock

Local H is a U.S. alternative rock duo formed by drummer Joe Daniels and vocalist and guitarist Scott Lucas in Zion, Illinois in 1990. The members all met in high school in 1987 and founded Local H three years later, with bass guitarist Matt Garcia completing an early incarnation of the group. Garcia left the band three years later, and Lucas and Daniels began looking for a replacement bassist. They eventually decided to carry on as a duo with Lucas handling bass guitar frequencies after having a high school friend modify his guitar with an added bass pick-up and second output.

Local H’s debut album, “Ham Fisted,” was released in 1995 via Island Records. Their second album, “As Good as Dead,” was released in 1996 and brought the band moderate commercial success with the song, “Bound for the Floor,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. 1998 brought “Pack Up the Cats,” their third and final studio album for Island.

1999 marked Daniels departure from the group, with Brian St. Clair replacing him. In 2002 they released their fourth album, “Here Comes the Zoo,” via the Palm Pictures record label. The “No Fun” EP followed in 2003 and their fifth album, “Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, “was released in 2004.

In 2005, the band received a good deal of publicity after recording a cover of the Britney Spears single “Toxic.” The track was the only studio recording featured on “Alive '05,” a 2005 live album that constituted the sixth major release from the band.

Local H’s sixth album, “Twelve Angry Months,” was released in 2008. It was a concept album in which each of the 12 songs represented a stage in a yearlong process of overcoming a failed relationship.

In 2012 Local H issued the album, “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum,” a concept album based on politics in the United States. The album made frequent use of the sounds of the El Train in Chicago to transition songs.

2013 marked the departure of St. Clair from Local H to focus on his tour management company, Tour Time Productions.