Local Natives Live – April 26, 2010
Fresh off of their second SXSW whirlwhind, Los Angeles based Local Natives have been touring in support of their debut release, Gorilla Manor. And even after the hype has subsided, they’ll continue to make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Theirs are songs you can dance to almost as well as you can swoon to them. Drawing a line from the vocal stylings of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Zombies through edges of post-punk and Afro-beat, this California five piece have communally crafted a brand of indie rock all their own. For Local Natives everything is a collaboration, from song writing duties to the band’s self produced artwork. The three part harmonies come courtesy of keyboardist Kelcey Ayer, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice. Then there’s Matt Frazier on drums and Andy Hamm on bass, who look after the band’s equally impressive graphics and artwork. Local Natives will visit Studio 1A on Monday to perform on Music with Jay Trachtenberg at 2pm.