Plato is credited with coining the phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention.”
Did the Greek philosopher think his words would one day apply to a Chicago rock duo looking to maintain its bass without adding an extra body? Doubtful. But by adjoining bass pickups to its regular Fender set-up, Local H guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Joe Daniels were able to discover the instrumental minimalism needed to produce mid-'90s gems like “As Good As Dead."
It still works, which is one reason that Lucas and Daniels (gone from the Local H lineup since 1999) have reunited to bring the 20-year-old album to Buffalo when they play it front to back—as well as present its renewed release on multicolored 180 gram vinyl—as part of an intimate gathering at 7 p.m. April 30 in Studio @ Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.).
Full of snarky favorites like “Eddie Vedder” or alt-rock radio favorite “Bound for the Floor,” the gold-certified effort entered the band into the decade’s brooding, guitar-heavy fray, and led legions of teens to look up the definition of the word “copacetic.” It means “in excellent order,” just as the pair’s past work should prove to be in concert.
It's an all-ages show. Tickets are $15-$17 (ticketfly.com).