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).”
“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!
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.
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.
We’re recording an album! Nine songs, twelve days of recording at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. Thing is, recording isn’t a cheap endeavor by any means. We’ve saved up as much as we could from CD sales, T-Shirts and shows, but we still need your help! We’re looking to raise $4,000 over the next month.
But how can you help us reach this lofty goal? Glad you asked. We’ve made a KICKSTARTER where you can pledge for all sorts of sweet prizes. Musical voicemails, private shows, early morning serenades, skype concerts, pre-release albums – whatever you want. For a big enough pledge, we’ll even drive anywhere in the continental United States or Canada to play a private show for you at your convenience. Can’t beat that. At the moment, we’re already nearly 25% 35% funded! Click here to check it out!
We also have a show to announce. We’re playing with Eager Eyes and Adam Gold at Rooster’s Roadhouse in Alameda on April 6th. It’s gonna be a big show so let’s get the lead out. Doors at 7.
Lastly, here’s an exuberant lil’ video of us doing a new original – “Black & White” live at the DNA Lounge in February. See you at Rooster’s!
Good morrow to you. Our first single since the EP is up and running! It’s entitled “Lady Wisconsin” and we’ve grown quite fond of it. Take a listen:
We essentially recorded this song in one 5-hour session, which is something new for us. We tried our best to preserve the sound of four people in a room together, imperfections, smudges and all. Lady Wisconsin also marks Max & Maya’s studio debut with Local Hero (on piano and vocals/guitar/accordion, respectively), which is tremendous.
Ok y’all, so The Hype Machine is a blog aggregator (not to be confused with the fearsome bog alligator), which takes the most recently posted songs from about 1500 different music blogs and adds them into a database, where people can listen and vote them up. It’s an amazing way to discover new music, and it’s also one of the most powerful tools for generating artist buzz and attracting blog attention. The Guardian named it one of the 100 most essential websites of 2009, CNN’s done’s pieces on it, it’s been called “the future of all media”, etc.
We need as many people to do this as possible to provide an initial boost so that blogs and other listeners will notice us. Nobody listens to a song with 20 hearts on hypem. A song with 200, however, attracts significantly more heat.
Do this and we will love you forever.
We also have several show proposals in the works. We’re peeing-our-pants-excited, and we’ll let you know as soon as we confirm a show.
Well it’s not a proper show, but it’ll do for now.
Alex will be playing at an open mic with the talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/blonde she-devil Maya Laner at the Starry Plough on Shattuck tomorrow night (Tuesday). It’s pretty conveniently located in Berkeley; there’s a map here. Sign up is at 7:30 so we can only assume it’ll be at some point in the subsequent hour or so. Follow us on twitter for exact timing, which shall be tweeted immediately once we know more. Swing by, have dinner, listen to music. What could go wrong?
In the meantime, here’s a quick iPhone demo Alex and Maya did of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner’s “Stuck On the Puzzle”. Really a lovely song. We actually didn’t initially intend to post it, but we took a listen and hey, not so bad. Make sure to listen through to the chorus. Download it for free if you’d like! We’ll be doing more of this (but bigga and betta) tomorrow night.
Exciting news! Two websites have picked us up. Hallelujah.
First off, local news site Berkeleyside interviewed Alex and wrote a feature on us. I think we look rather dashing. They also bundled in a free download of “The Gold Coast”. Come and get ‘em (or even better, support the band by paying out the nose for it here).
Secondly, check out music haven The Metropolitan Jolt’s somewhat-less-than-glowing (but undeniably well written) review of The Aldgate EP. No such thing as bad press, I suppose.
We’re also barraging all our favorite music blogs with press packets from all angles. Tell your friends!