presents Live at Electraplay: Scott Lucas & The Married Men (+ mp3s)

MP3: Scott Lucas & The Married Men – What Fools Allow
MP3: Scott Lucas & The Married Men – Spaghetti Western (unreleased)

Scott Lucas hasn’t given up on his baby, the 2-man band Local H, but when he found himself with an armful of songs that didn’t quite fit in the post-grunge mode, he grabbed a bunch of friends and recorded a “solo” album under the name Scott Lucas & The Married Men.

Based out of Chicago, The Married Men are composed of current or ex-members of bands like The Cells, The Tossers and a personal favorite, Caviar. On their way out to NYC for some shows, Scott and band stopped by Electraplay to play a few originals and a cover for us. And the sound, as you’ll witness when watching these videos, is pretty far-removed from the bash-and-pop of Lucas’s Local H.

MP3: Scott Lucas & The Married Men – Absolute Beginners (David Bowie cover)

Bonus: Read an interview with Scott from Feb. 2010

Interestingly, Island Records has just released a “best of” Local H album called, fittingly, Local H: The Island Years. For those who have somehow only managed to hear “the copacetic song” (“Bound for the Floor”), this is a must-have purchase though I must warn you that this collection of tracks will undoubtedly serve as a gateway drug to not only the albums Local H put out on Island but the albums they’ve put out on other labels.

Listening to the dozen tracks on this compilation is like listening to a soundtrack of my mid-to-late-20s – songs like “High Fiving MF”, “All the Kids Are Right”, “All Right (Oh Yeah)” and “Fritz’s Corner” are permanently tattooed in my musical memory banks sounding as urgent and angstful today as they did when I first listened to them 10 – 15 years ago.

Scott and his Local H partner, drummer Brian St. Clair, are currently touring to support this package. The closest show to Columbus is in Akron this coming Friday night. Here’s the full list of tour dates:

4/14 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
4/15 – Akron, OH – Musica
4/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
4/17 – Milford, CT -Daniel Street Club
4/18 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory Brooklyn
4/21 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
4/22 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
4/23 – Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
4/24 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
4/25 – Durham, NC – Casbah
4/27 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
4/28 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
4/29 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/30 – Dekalb, IL – Otto’s
5/1 – Chicago, IL – Metro