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It’s no question that Local Natives have evolved. As the LA indie rockers played their recent single “Villainy” at Friday’s Free At Noon, an obvious change had taken place — all stringed instruments had been put down. Guitarist Ryan Hahn traded in for an electronic percussion pad, Taylor Rice dropped his guitar for strictly vocal duties, and bassist Nik Ewing switch over to the keys.
Anyone who hasn’t been staying current on Local Natives news might be shocked at such a development. It was those very strings, linked with rich harmonies, that defined the sound of the band’s first two album’s, 2010’s Gorilla Manor and 2013’s Hummingbird. But if you’ve been following the release of tracks from their forthcoming album Sunlit Youth, the on-stage alterations were not just expected, but appreciated as well. Continue reading →