Fri, June 22, 2012
Doors: 9:00 PM / Show: 10:00 PM
$8.00 – $10.00
This show is 21+, proper I.D. is required for admission
The Sunset presents:
Scott Lucas and The Married Men with The Pilot Lights and The Confetti Kids.
$8 advance tickets. $10 day of show.
Doors at 9pm. Show time at 10pm. 21+.
Scott Lucas is best known as the singer/guitarist for the two-man, Chicago rock band Local H. But to go it alone, he has broadened his musical scope and greatly expanded his lineup, pulling together a collective of musicians that currently numbers seven and includes violin, accordion and organ. The result is quite different than Local H and a perfect fit for Lucas’ heartfelt songs of longing for a love lost. Reviewers have compared the band to American Music Club, Tindersticks and Lambchop.
“The irony of putting together a band this big to go ‘solo’ certainly isn’t lost on me,” Lucas says. “But I think the idea should be to try different things, to push myself.”
Lucas wrote half of the songs for his solo debut, George Lassos the Moon (G&P – Feb 2010), during a single week of a yearlong separation from his girlfriend, emailing one song a night to her in hopes of getting back together. “The songs just kept pouring out of me — all the clichés are true,” says Lucas. “It was totally spontaneous and unforced. And, it didn’t really occur to me that it would be anything anyone would ever want to hear. I had absolutely no long term plans for any of these songs. For that first week, they were private love letters and nothing else.”
The rest of the songs came shortly after and Lucas soon realized he had an album’s worth of material, but he didn’t feel like this particular set of songs would work as a Local H record. “When people make solo records, they’re usually borne out of ego and don’t sound much different than their ‘real’ band,” Lucas says. “I’ve always written the songs and had all the artistic freedom I could ever ask for in Local H. So, what would be the point of going solo? But it was very clear that these songs were different. They were just too fucking personal to be on anything other than a solo record.”
So, he put together a backing band — the Married Men — borrowing members from local indie acts the Tossers, Caviar and the Joy Poppers and recorded his solo debut with producer Andy Gerber over a single weekend. By the time George Lassos the Moon was released months later, the band’s live sound had noticeably tightened and the understated, quiet sadness of the album was not what fans were experiencing during their powerful live shows.
To showcase the band’s evolution after more time spent together playing live, Lucas returned to the studio with the Married Men after their first tour earlier this year to record The Absolute Beginners EP (G&P – Oct 2010), “When we recorded the first record, we hadn’t been together for more than a month. Some of us barely knew the songs,” Lucas explains. “I wanted to capture the band after it had been on the road. To see how the dynamic had changed. There’s more energy.”
Named for the David Bowie track that they cover, the four-song recording, which clocks in around 30 minutes, also features re-workings of two songs that appeared on George Lassos the Moon, as well as a cover of Local H’s “Hey, Rita,” from their 2004 album Whatever Happened to PJ Soles?. Andy Gerber produced the EP, which is available on CD, digitally and on limited-edition vinyl. (Fans who purchase the vinyl version get a code to download a bonus digital album, Who Listens to Radio Anymore?: Live Sessions, an hour-long compilation of in-studio performances and interviews that Lucas & the Married Men did this past year.)
Scott Lucas & the Married Men have toured the Northeast, Midwest and South this past year and turned in a blistering performance at the CMJ Music Marathon in the fall. They’ve also performed live on Chicago’s JBTV, WGN and CBS Chicago, as well as on dozens of radio stations.
Though he has no intention of abandoning Local H, Lucas has also never considered the Married Men a one-off project. He plans to keep them both going simultaneously and even released EPs by both bands on the same day this fall. “It’s been great to watch this band grow,” Lucas says. “It makes me really excited for the next album.” - J.Mango