The Chicago duo teased the release last week with a “please stand by” message on their social media before sharing it this past Monday. It’s the band’s first batch of new original material since 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Hey, Killer’ which finished on top of many people’s Album of the year lists, mine included (for those not familiar with Local H, check that album out).
‘Innocents’ was produced by Failure’s Ken Andrews who has also worked with Paramore, Blink 182, Chris Cornell and Nine Inch Nails. It is unclear at this stage if this is the first single from an as yet unannounced new album or a promo for their upcoming tour with Everclear and Marcy Playground.
The tune is pure Local H with Scott Lucas’ signature scream making an appearance and Ryan Harding’s sledgehammer approach to drumming all over the second half of this track. The first half though is a gradual build with a few time changes and many clever lyrical plays on the title. When it kicks in, it kicks hard.
Catch Local H on tour with Everclear and Marcy Playground as part of the “Summerland” tour which kicks off May 17 in Dallas. Grab your tickets via the Local H website.
5/17 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
5/18 — New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House
5/19 — Buda, TX @ Bucks Backyard
5/21 — New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
5/23 — Nashville, TN @ The Cowan
5/24 — Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theater
5/25 — Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
5/26 — Jupiter, FL @ Abacoa Amphitheater
5/29 — Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
5/30 — Falls Church, VA @ The State Theater
5/31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
6/1 — Providence, RI @ The Strand Ballroom & Theater
6/2 — Roanoke, VA @ Dr. Pepper Park
6/3 — Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
6/5 — New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
6/6 — Warrendale, PA @ Jerel’s Rhythm Grille
6/7 — Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
6/8 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
6/9 — Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theater
6/11 — London, ON @ London Music Hall
6/13 — Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
6/14 — Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
6/15 — Waupaca, WI @ Indian Crossing Casino
6/16 — Joliet, IL @ The Forge
6/17 — Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
6/18 — Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skate Plaza
6/21 — Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House & Event Center
6/22 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
6/24 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
6/27 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
6/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
6/29 — Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
6/30 — Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience
7/1 — Big Bear Lake, CA @ The Cave
Get your copy of ‘Innocents (Edited for television)’ now on iTunes.