After quickly selling-out their Union Transfer date last month, Local Natives have announced another U.S. leg that brings them back to Philadelphia with openers Wild Nothing for a show at the Electric Factory on September 28th. The California indie rockers followed up their stunning 2010 debut Gorilla Manor with the expansive and gorgeous Hummingbird earlier this year. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17th at noon; more information will be available here. Check out photos from Local Natives’ Union Transfer show here, listen back to their April appearance on World Cafe here and watch a new video for “Bowery” below.
For over three years now, LA’s Local Natives have wooed audiences with their unique blend of Afro-pop guitars, lush vocal harmonies, and lively, frenetic drumming. Their debut record, 2010’s Gorilla Manor, was a gem of playful, sun-dappled melodies that launched the (previously little-known) group to the indie fore; a string of memorable, high-energy shows helped cement their status as a band to watch.
Now, three years after Gorilla Manor’s release, Local Natives are back with Hummingbird, a decidedly more introspective record that forgoes boisterousness in favor of more nuanced, emotional growers—like the rich, sweeping “Breakers” and the stirringly gorgeous “Colombia.” The record, the band has shared, was inspired by both personal growth and tragedies, such as the death of vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer’s mother and the departure of bassist Andy Hamm.
Now the band is on the road supporting Hummingbird,and will play Union Transfer this Thursday, April 4. We caught up with singer/guitarist Taylor Rice a few days before the show…to talk Instagram, catharsis, and their favorite song to listen to right before a show. Continue reading →
Okay, okay, we know – the Local Natives show at Union Transfer sold out long ago. Even if you were shut out from getting tickets, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to dig the audiovisual ephemera the band has been cranking out at a steady clip since long before Hummingbird dropped last month. Today, the band premiered a music video via Stereogum for the song “Heavy Feet.” Following the surrealist vibe of the band’s “Breakers” video, this one involves a crew of blind guys who fly model airplanes and eat singing sandwiches. Yeah. Check it out below.
L.A. indie rock five-piece Local Natives released its sophomore full-length Hummimngbird at the end of last month, and the band is headed out on tour in support of it. It plays a sold-out show at Union Transfer on April 4th, and this week stopped by WXPN studios to record a session for World Cafe with David Dye. Check out photos of the band in the studio in the gallery above, and listen back to the session when it broadcasts in March.
Local Natives just released their excellent new album, Hummingbird. Last night on Jimmy Fallon they performed “Heavy Feet;” watch it below. Local Natives return to Philly on April 4th at Union Transfer. The show is sold out.
With their debut full-length Almost Endless released this past week, Philly new-wave / rock outfit The National Rifle were the featured topic for this week’s Unlocked series here on The Key. The new album takes the band’s sound in a new direction with it’s polished overtones, which you can learn more about here and here. Below, stream and download “Street Burn.”