Local H singer Scott Lucas on April 29 told a New Jersey crowd that he felt a bit like the band from Titanic, rocking on as the ship around him sinks.
After following up with a remark about Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, it was clear Lucas' "ship" comment was about America, a commentary on the newly-elected president sending the nation spiraling into dark, stormy waters. Was it truly a surprise that Lucas used his singer-songwriter platform to spew hot fire at our nation's commander in chief? It shouldn't be.
The 46-year-old has made it no secret that he's not a Trump fan, as he compared one of his known rivals -- Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan -- to the billionaire in an interview last year with Alternative Nation. Fortunately, the fans on hand for Local H's gig at Maxwell's Tavern weren't subjected to much political chatter. Lucas kept his between-song banter to a minimum, opting for more rock, less talk.
And when Lucas did choose to rock, his shredding was hard, fast and loud. Perhaps in an attempt to make the set more aggressive in anticipation of the band's upcoming tour with Metallica, Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding blitzed through a performance that included many of the heaviest deep cuts in their entire catalogue.
Sure there were sprinkles of pop rock, including the band's 1996 sing-a-long hit "Bound for the Floor," and the Lorde cover "Team." But the bulk of the 90-minute show was full on heavier-hitting gems, such as "Hands on the Bible" and "California Songs." Local H hits the road with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold this June.