Local H Celebrating 20 Year Anniversary of ‘As Good As Dead’ LP with Vinyl Reissue, Out April 15; Pre-Orders Now Available
Local H will dig into their back catalog and release their breakthrough album ‘As Good As Dead’ on 180 gram vinyl on April 15th via srcvinyl, just in time for the album’s 20 year anniversary. This re-issue marks the first time that the album will ever be available in this format. The high-quality, double LP will have a premium gatefold jacket and insert.
Pre-orders are now available here.
Limited edition 20th Anniversary vinyl reissue
Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio)
Digital download featuring Demos and B-Sides
Full Color gatefold jacket with 11 x 22 Insert
180 Gram Opaque Yellow (Limited to 500 Copies)
180 Gram Opaque Red/ White Swirly Haze (Limited to 500 Copies)
Local H will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album by playing ‘As Good As Dead’ in its entirety during a weekend of hometown shows at Metro in Chicago on Friday, April 15th (18+ show) and Saturday, April 16th (all ages).
The two-man band will first play a short set of songs culled from last year’s widely praised album, ‘Hey, Killer’, along with music from their other six studio albums and EPs. After a brief intermission, they will return to the stage and play ‘As Good As Dead’ from start to finish. There will be no opening act. Individual show tickets and weekend packages, including entry to an intimate, acoustic set on Saturday afternoon, will be available.
‘As Good As Dead’, Local H’s second full-length album, was produced by Steven Haigler (Quicksand, Pixies) and was originally released on April, 16, 1996 on Island Records on CD and cassette. The record was the band’s first foray into making a concept album and is centered around life in a dead-end, small town. Venerable rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a stellar A- review in the Village Voice, writing, at the time, “…I wish Pearl Jam, whose leader stars in the title song, packed such isometric power — that sense of tremendous force bravely exerted against implacable reality — and I say the exercise makes all of us stronger.”
“The question I get asked the absolute most is when are we gonna put the older records out on vinyl?” says Local H frontman, Scott Lucas. “Here’s the answer — in the best possible way. The package is looking pretty good and I’m ALMOST as excited as anybody to finally drop the needle on this album — on double vinyl, at last.”
‘As Good As Dead’ spawned four modern rock radio hits including the above-referenced “Eddie Vedder,” “Fritz’s Corner,” “High-Fivin’ MF” and “that copacetic song” — “Bound for the Floor,” a track that remains a staple on alternative radio station playlists around the the country two decades later. The band made videos for each of the singles.
Local H, whose members during this time period were Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels, toured the U.S. non-stop for two years after As Good As Dead was released, headlining their own small and large club shows; opening for Silverchair in bigger venues and Stone Temple Pilots in even bigger arenas (including Madison Square Garden in New York and Rosemont Horizon in Chicago); and performing to audiences of thousands at radio station festivals across the the country, including 1997‘s HFStival at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. They toured Australia and played some played some European shows on this album, as well.