“One of Us” (2015) by Local H

My favorite song of the year so far.  Local H singer/guitarist Scott Lucas wrote “One of Us” while he was on his way to a wake for a friend. As Lucas told the Onion AV Club last April “It’s a funeral song, but I didn’t want it to be morose. I wanted it to be unsentimental and kind of triumphant, and above all else, unapologetic. Anything less would’ve felt like lying.”  This is an amazing, powerful song, the best highlight of many highlights from their terrific album “Hey, Killer.”

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“Hey Rita” – Local H

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Now THIS is a power ballad, folks! If the drum and bass sound don’t blow your speakers, the ear-shredding Pixies-like guitar freakout during the latter part of the song certainly will. Yet … it’s still a ballad. Scott Lucas has one of the best gravelly “I’ve seen hell” rock voices, ranking up there with Paul Westerberg and Kurt Cobain. From the immensely awesome 2004 album “Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?” The accompanying video is practically a black screen, but this song doesn’t need any visuals.