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Local H announce Steve Albini-recorded album ft. Juliana Hafield & Deer Tick’s John McCauley

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photo by Julia Simone Paul

’90s-era alt-rockers Local H are true lifers, as they’ll remind you with their first new album in five years, LIFERS, due April 10 via AntiFragile Music. It was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini and it features appearances by fellow ’90s alt-rocker Juliana Hatfield and ’90s alt-rock lover John McCauley of Deer Tick. The first single is the heavy, riffy “Turn the Bow,” which the band says was influenced by early ’70s era Pink Floyd. “The Floyd influence was so strong that at one point we considered making a six song album like ‘Meddle’ and this tune was going to be our ‘Echoes’ and clock in at over 20 minutes long,” says guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas. “Maybe next time.” Listen below.

Also speaking about the new album, Scott added:

When the re-release of the White Album came out a few years ago, I became re-obsessed all over again. One aspect that really hit me about it (this time) was how it’s not really a concept record — but it feels like a concept record. I wanted to do that with LIFERS. This might be a concept record about the end of the world. Or it might just be a party record with loud guitars and cowbells.

As mentioned, Local H have a tour coming up with fellow alt-rock vets Soul Asylum, including a NYC show on February 19 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Soul Asylum / Local H — 2020 Tour Dates
2/11 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
2/12 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall
2/14 – Chicago – Metro
2/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
2/17 – Boston, MA – Paradise
2/18 – Portland, ME – Port City Music
2/19 – NYC – Bowery Ballroom
2/21 – Philadelphia – TLA
2/22 – Leesburg, VA – Tally HO Theatre
2/24 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
2/25 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
2/26 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
2/28 – Kansas CIty, MO – The Madrid
2/29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
3/01 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird
3/03 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
3/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
3/08 – San Francisco – Slims
3/09 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall (Local H only)
3/11 – Los Angeles – Teragram Ballroom
3/13 – San Diego – Belly Up
3/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
3/16 – Albuquerque – Sunshine Theater
3/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

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