Local H Still Not ‘Local’ Band
By Randy J. Klodz
Scott Lucas of Chicago-bred rock band Local H told this reviewer in October
that he prefers that his band not be known solely as a “local” band.
With that said, Local H plays shows all over the nation, and also plays many
shows in the Chicago area.
With the most recent Chicago-area appearance, Local H--which consists of singer/guitarist
Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair--rocked a sold-out crowd at the Clearwater
Theater. The Clearwater Theater, located in northwest suburban West Dundee,
has played host to live bands for nearly three months and was once a popular
The often-energetic Lucas kept heads bobbing while rocking out on his guitar,
often spinning to face his stacked “Marsha” amplifiers--showering
the sold-out crowd with guitar hums and squeals on “All Right (Oh, Yeah),”
“Half-Life,” “Fritz’s Corner,” and “Freeze-Dried
(F)lies,” among others.
Lucas did his best Rodney Dangerfield impression--joking with the crowd while
switching guitars--after previously breaking a guitar string during “Keep
Your Girlfriend.” “Where are we now? Wisconsin?” Lucas joked.
“Wisconsin is almost in Canada, and you know what Canada gave us--Nickelback.”
Lucas said that Canada natives, Nickelback, don’t care for Local H. He
said that he thought that drummer St. Clair, with his long curly hair and well-groomed
goatee, resembled Nickleback’s frontman, Chad Kroeger.
Throughout most of the show, Lucas rocked the crowd while wearing a pair of
brown sunglasses that he borrowed from a fan in the front row. Later he would
add a borrowed red, white, and blue headband to his cranium. With these additions
to his wardrobe, he somewhat resembled Richie Tenenbaum, the character Luke
Wilson played in 2001’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
After a short break, Lucas and St. Clair returned for an encore, and a giddy
Lucas announced: “You know who I look like now? I look like ‘The
Baumer” from “The Royal Tenenbaums,” wow.” Local H then
ended the night with “Hands on the Bible,” “Bound for the
Floor” and an extended version of “Rock and Roll Professional.”
Upon leaving West Dundee, Local H headed to Florida to play two shows in Daytona
Beach. A band can’t be a “local” band if they are playing
in the Chicago suburbs on Saturday night, and rocking Florida on Monday and
Tuesday. For more information on Local H, log onto www.localh.com.
|Brian St. Clair of Local H
||Photo: Randy J. Klodz