While Local H has been around for some time, the time they take to put out new material has been slow as of late.
The duo is still playing shows behind 2008’s 12 Angry Months (their first new album in four years), an album chronicling a break-up, with the repercussions and effects lasting an entire year.
The band will be bringing this show to the University on Thursday, April 30.
As the title states, the 12-song cycle corresponds to a year, with a story in each month.
“I think it has really connected, and it’s nice,” said lead singer and guitarist Scott Lucas. “We’re not a band that’s known for writing songs about relationships. It’s kind of nice that it connected with people, the risk that seemed to pay off.”
12 Angry Months is a triumph in many ways, able to balance a hard rock sound with real-life emotions that doesn’t come across as cheesy or forced. On top of it all, it is a concept record, something that can fail miserably if not done right.
They did though, and Lucas is quick to point out that this is not the first time the band put out a concept record. In fact, they have been doing it since their second album.
“I think this is probably the most focused record we [have] made,” Lucas said. “There’s really no other way to see it, the concept is really strong.”
And even though these songs came from a very personal place, Lucas said it’s not as bothersome to play the songs live as it was to record them.
“It’s in the past, but the songs can mean different things as time goes on,” he said. “Initially, the main points was trying to be as honest as possible, and once all that’s done, the work is over.”
The band works without a set list anyway, so it’s anybody’s guess what they will play. It could be new, it could be old, it could even be their infamous cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”
“It’s really just depends on the night. It’s what we feel like playing,” Lucas said. “There’s no real plan.”
Local H will be playing the Illini Rooms in the Illini Union at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 30. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the first 800 students that show up.

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