Alt-rockers Local H crash Gabe’s for Valentine’s Day

Local H w/ John June Year and 8 Founded

Gabe’s — Saturday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 p.m.

Looking to put a slightly grungy twist on Valentine’s Day? Bring your date (or your single self) to Gabe’s this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. to catch Local H — mainstays of the ’90s alt-rock scene.

The Chicago duo, now consisting of frontman Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding, are touring in support of upcoming album, Hey, Killer, set to be released April 14. It will be Harding’s first album as part of the band, having just replaced long-time drummer Brian St. Clair a little more than a year ago. Lucas is the founder of the band, handling all lead guitar and bass duties on his custom-made guitar.

The current tour marks 25 years since Local H played their first show.

The band enjoyed success throughout the ‘90s and early ‘00s, with moderate hits including “Eddie Vedder,” “High-Fiving MF,” and “Hands on the Bible.” None were bigger than the post-grunge staple “Bound for the Floor,” which reached #5 on the modern rock charts, garnering certified gold for their 1996 album As Good As Dead.

The band’s live shows are well known for sometimes leaving entire set lists up to audience vote, or letting a fan pick an album out of a hat for them to play in its entirety. They’ve auctioned off concerts on eBay, had audience members try out to be an opening act, and taken requests for odd covers. Their versions of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Lorde’s “Team” were even recorded as singles.

They are also known to cater their shows to correlate with holidays — their annual New Year’s Eve show in Chicago rivals the network-hosted countdown shows. So, perhaps they’ll do something special for Iowa City on Valentine’s Day.

The show costs $12 and begins at 9:30 p.m. with John June Year and 8 Founded as openers.

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