Show!

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W’sup!  Big noose, we’re playing our only show of winter break soon, headlining Bottom of the Hill in SF on Monday the 23rd!  Due to our busy school schedules, this will be our last show until summer 2014, so let’s see some booties on the ~dance floor~.  Two of our favourite local bands are on the bill – East Bay guitar jammers Eager Eyes and SF indie folkers Before the Brave - it’s our last show for six months, we’ve got new songs to debut, come one, come all, etcetera, etcetera.

Tix are $8 adv. / $10 door, available here, full details on our shows page, facebook event here.

Love, blessins, happy holidays!!!

~ LH

Autumn Update / Twitter Feud / Winter Break

Hello all you naughty little malcontents.

We’re all back at school now.  Summer was fun, fun, fun, but it’s over.  Now we reluctantly play the waiting game until December.

To briefly recap – we got real busy this summer.  We went on tour for the first time, playing 12 shows over 2700 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles.  We played a sold-out show at Great American Music Hall, and designed and screened new T-Shirts, and finally pressed our record.  Maya got Tapatío in her eye outside Portland, and Max danced enticingly while selling his wares on Telegraph Ave.

Alex & Leo showed some skin, Bo kept the band pumped full of vitamins and manganese, Jojo dangled from a tree, From Timid to Timbuktu found its first home in a record store, Alex stuck his hand in his pants.

To everyone who helped us along the way (and there are a lot of you) we truly cannot thank you enough.

On another note, some have you may or may not have noticed a cutey pie by the name of Sam (@Fughazi) trying to start a twitter feud with us:

Yeah, so that’s pretty interesting.  Sam designed a couple show posters for us over the summer.  We offered to pay him, but he declined.

Two months later, he’s unexpectedly taken to twitter claiming that we owe him money, saying that we ignored his requests to be paid and threatening us with “funk on site [sic].”  We’re all quite curious as to what “funk on site” exactly entails.  We assume it’s something like this, although there’s really no way of knowing for sure.  Sam stopped responding after we got in touch with him, but if he desires some sort of retroactive compensation, we invite him to contact us directly at publicity@localheroband.com.

Moving on… things have been expectedly quiet on the Local Hero front, but we’ve each been individually plugging away at various musical endeavors while everyone’s away at school.  Max started a little project called Fauna Flora in Puget Sound, Maya filmed a bangin’ lo-fi video for “Lingering Blues,” Jojo’s working with his tremendous noise-rock group Moe Meguro, and Leo’s singing in a slinky Jazz Band in Connecticut.

With that said, we’ve got some exciting full band-related plans for when we return to the Bay in December.  There are some new demos knocking around, we’ve been writing furiously and we can’t wait to share some new music with you all.  Until next time.

Sha la la, man…”
- RIP Lou Reed

End of Summer Shenanigans

What’s poppin everybody.  Just a lil reminder that we’re playing two huge shows this weekend – tonight at Great American Music Hall and tomorrow night at SLG Art Boutiki in San Jose.

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Tonight we’re playing with Finish Ticket and Night Riots and it’s going to be, no question, one of the biggest shows we’ve ever played.  Tickets are still online here, and each band is really pulling out all the stops tonight – come out, come out, we’d love to see you!!

Then TOMORROW, we’re returning to San Jose to play a 5-bill at the beautiful SLG Art Boutiki at their new location.  We’re thrilled to be back in San Jose, swing by if you’re in the South Bay!!

These two are our LAST BAY AREA SHOWS OF THE SUMMER, so make sure to come out and say hello before we leave for school!

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Thanx to Berkeley’s KPFA 94.1 for spinning us these last couple weeks.  Also, in an exciting development, we pressed physical copies of the CD for the first time!!!  Look…

FTTT Super exciting, brah.  They’ll be at the show tonight – see you derr!

Be healthy, be well, etc.

We’re Going on Tour

Mussorgsky Tour FinalWell, this is exciting!  We’re going on tour for the very first time, starting… last night.  We had our first out-of-state show ever in lush Portland, Oregon and will be driving up to Seattle within the hour. After we visit Olympia, we will begin our descent down south back to our home shtate to play Arcata and Petrolia just in time for our final Bay Area show of the summer at the Great American Music Hall on the 16th. We will be playing with Finish Ticket and Night Riots, who are both exceptional young bands, and tickets are going quickly so nab ‘em in advance (they are on sale here).

It feels so fulfilling being out on the road and having the opportunity to play for some fre$h ears. Hit us up if we’re rolling through your city, we’d love to say hello!!

If you want to be a part of our journey we recommend following us on instagram for some candid moments.

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Be healthy, be well, etc.

Shows & Shows & Shows

Hello good sir/madam!  First off, we have a big show at the Clif Theater on Friday, July 19th – a week from today.  Portland indie pop band The Ecstatics are opening and it’s gonna be a…

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We have new originals to debut, new T-Shirts to show off, and it’s going to be a night of debauchery, merriment & rock’n'roll.  Facebook event here, it’s $5 adv. / $10 door and tickets are available right heeere -> link!

Additionally, we’re beyond thrilled to announce we’re playing a month later at Great American Music Hall — *the* Great American Music Hall — alongside Finish Ticket and Night Riots on August 16th.  FURTHERMORE, buy a ticket to the show at Great American, bring proof of purchase to Clif and we’ll let you in for free!!  Tickets are $13 adv. / $14 door, so this 2-for-1 deal is a bargain and you should go for it ‘afore they’re all gone! Tickets right here.

More news & some exciting out-of-town dates to follow – stay updated by following the nonsensical ramblings on our twitter, our fumbling, irrelevant (brand spankin’ new) instagram, or our surprisingly coherent and edifying facebook page.

Lastly, here’s a frickin sweet video from the archives of us doing The Ronettes’ “Why Won’t They Let Us Fall In Love” at Clif last year.

“Lentil soup is mental fruit / And ginger root is good for the yout’ ” (Dead Prez)

Love you!  Be healthy, be well, etc.

Big Thangs Poppin

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Hello!  First things first – we’re very pleased to announce that our first show since winter break – and our first SF/East Bay show since last summer – will take place at the Rickshaw Stop exactly one month from tomorrow (!!!).  We’re playing alongside So Many Wizards and Kera & the Lesbians - two excellent young bands from Southern California. June 25th, 8pm.  Buy tickets here, and wander on over to our ~~~ shows page ~~~ for full details.

Secondly, we just posted two videos from the archives:

‘Five Stars’ & ‘Once More With Feeling’ @ Great American Music Hall

‘We Three Pistoliers’ @ Clif Aldgate Release

We’ve got some cool stuff in the works and it’s looking like it’ll be an exciting summer, so make sure to stay updated on this website, our Facebook and our Twitter.  Lots of love!

Be healthy, be well, etc.

Welcome Bo! / FTTT on iTunes

First off – a huge welcome to Mr. Bo Prochnow!! He’s joining Local Hero on lead & rhythm guitar, as well as chiming in with periodic appearances on backing vocals. Bo moonlights as a jazz saxophonist, and is considered the world’s foremost scholar on R Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix).”

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“Must be a football coach…”

Moving on…  Thanks to everyone who came out to our first-ever San Jose show at Art Boutiki on the 29th.  We had a great time and we hope to make it back to SJ next summer!

Also, a huge thank you to SF Rebirth, who just ranked ‘Black & White’ the 7th best song and From Timid to Timbuktu the 4th best album on their Bay Area Best-of-2012 Lists.

Big ups to WOBC-FM radio in Oberlin, Ohio for spinning Black & White, and a shoutout to British podcast Uncovering the Unsigned, who included Five Stars in their latest episode.

Lastly, From Timid to Timbuktu is finally on iTunes!  Buy it here.

Be healthy, be well, etc.

Thank You Huffington Post!

A huge thank you to The Huffington Post, who just posted this article about us today.  It’s entitled “Local Hero is Berkeley’s Next Big Band.”

That’s a big title to live up to.  It’s exhilarating to get coverage from a publication of this caliber, and we still can’t quite believe it.

Now despite our strongest impulses, we haven’t been idly twiddling our thumbs and basking in this small ray of recognition.  We’re extremely happy to announce we’ll be playing at Art Boutiki in San Jose on December 29th.  We’re sharing the bill with A Yawn Worth Yelling, Big Tree and Troubadour – this will be our first show since summer!  Full details are on our ‘Shows‘ tab, and there’s a Facebook event already up here.

In other news, a big thank you to The Wounded Jukebox, The Music Beam, CollegeRoots, Each Day A Song (French) and The Owl Mag for posting on the record.  Likewise, thank you to SF Rebirth, Blushing Panda and The Metropolitan Jolt for their delightful reviews.  Lastly, thanks to the folks at Tufts University Radio, who spun Lady Wisconsin last night.

If you haven’t listened already, here’s From Timid to Timbuktu in its entirety.  It’s available from our Bandcamp and it’ll be up on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc in short order.  1luv!

Be healthy, be well, etc.

Memolane (Three Cheers for Social Media)

This is our Memolane – it compiles all of our Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud & YouTube posts in one location. Sort of a one-stop shopping type of deal. Use it to stay updated on our day-to-day affairs, look back at stuff we’ve done in the past, and to delve into our embarrassing earlier years. Album coming soon! Be healthy, be well, etc.

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A Post! My Kingdom for a Post! / June Update

Phew. Been a while. A quick recap….

We passed our Kickstarter goal! In fact, we’ve finished recording at Tiny Telephone and we’re almost done with the record altogether. Stay tuned on this one.

We dropped by KPFA 94.1 on Wednesday night to play a couple songs. It was our first live radio appearance, and we generally had a grand old time. We played two songs, and we may indeed post one on Soundcloud for streaming/free download in the next week or so.

We also have several shows to announce…

  • We’ll be playing this Saturday (June 9th) at The Freight and Salvage as part of The Freight Goes British Revue #3. The bill includes The RaveUps, Girl Named T, The Blondies and the Whitecliff Rangers. We’ll be inserting three 60s British Invasion songs into our set, make sure not to miss it. Tickets are also half off for anyone under 25, so why the hell not? Advance tix available here.
  • We’re pleased to announce we’ll be playing at Berkeley High graduation for the second consecutive year. That’ll be at the Greek Theatre on June 15th.
  • We’re also playing consecutive sets on June 21st and 22nd at the Humanist Hall in Oakland as a part of Bear Valley Films’ summer showcase. There’ll be tons of visual art, six short films by young Bay Area filmmakers, lots of music and a bouncy castle. Can’t miss.
  • We’re playing at Great American Music Hall alongside Princeton (these dudes have opened for Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, etc) on June 23rd as part of It Gets Indie, a locally-based annual fundraiser for It Gets Better and The Trevor Project. Advance tickets can be found here.
  • We just booked a show with fellow Berkeley High alumni Thirstbusters at the Starry Plough on August 5th.

In other news, SF Rebirth named us #7 on its “10 Bay Area Artists to Watch” list, and Maya just released a sweet cover of Grimes’ “Oblivion”, take a listen here. The Wounded Jukebox also picked it up, as did The Bay Bridged. Go Maya go!

Lastly, here’s a video of us playing a new original… Be healthy, be well, etc.

Free Gucci.