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Local H at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's been five years since we've heard new music from Local H, but the Chicago duo is making some noise again now.

The group -- singer-guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding -- will be releasing "Lifers," produced by Steve Albini, on April 10. It's the follow-up to 2015's "Hey, Killer," with a "Live in Europe" album sandwiched in-between. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the group's formation, as a quartet, in Zion, Ill.

Local H is out in front of "Lifers'" release, but Lucas says it's only the beginning of what should be a long and busy year for the band...

• Lucas, 49, says by phone that the gap between albums was "just about taking time on it and not taking any shortcuts, just trying to make everything right. We took almost a year off, didn't play shows. It's been almost a year and half since we've done a real tour; For us that's kind of big deal. I think we just really got into the record, and once we started seeing what we had just kind of went from there and felt like, 'Hey, we've got something here. Let's not f*** it up.' And I think it's better than all the other records we've done."

• Lucas adds that he'd always been "afraid" of doing something with producer Albini, a musician himself who's worked on a who's who of key albums by groups such as Nirvana, the Pixies, Bush, the Breeders and many more. "I guess I just didn't want to get in there and embarrass myself in front of him or anything like that," Lucas says. "But we figured it was time to finally do something with him, and it was great. Everything we did with him was analog; There was no digital with him, so we're recording to tape again, and that was fun. It really got us in a different mindset as far as getting everything live and then going back and punching things in. So that really got this whole thing going."

• Reaching 30 years with Local H, according to Lucas, is "weird. It's strange. But there's also a sense of pride, that this is work you can be proud of. The thing about it is I never really gave myself an out. It's not like I went to college or ever thought there was anything else I wanted to do. ON one hand it's impossible to think you could still be doing this so many years later. To be honest, I don't think I ever thought about it at all. I don't think you can. I think you just do it and try to feel like you’re doing good work and not wasting anybody's time or not wasting your own time. We don't have unlimited time, so there's no point in thinking too much about it. Just do it."

Local H performs with Soul Asylum Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $23. 313-961-9358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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