Local Natives US Tour
4/20 Tucson, AZ â€“ Solar Culture
4/22 Dallas, TX â€“ The Cavern
4/23 Austin, TX â€“ Emoâ€™s Inside
4/24 Houston, TX â€“ Mangoâ€™s
4/26 Little Rock, AR â€“ Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
4/27 Haittesburg, MS â€“ Thirsty Hippo
4/29 St. Augustine, FL â€“ Cafe 11
4/30 Nashville, TN â€“ The Basement
5/1 Atlanta, GA â€“ Masquerade
5/4 Chapel Hill, NC â€“ Local 506
5/5 Washington, DC â€“ DC 9
5/6 New York, NY â€“ Bowery Ballroom
5/7 Philadelphia, PA â€“ Kung Fu Necktie
5/8 Allston, MA â€“ Great Scott
5/11 Cleveland, OH â€“ Beachland Ballroom
5/12 Columbus, OH â€“ The Basement
5/14 Chicago, IL â€“ Schubas
5/15 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
5/17 Minneapolis, MN â€“ 400 Bar
5/18 Iowa City, IA â€“ The Mill
5/19 Columbia, MO â€“ Mojoâ€™s
5/21 Denver, CO â€“ Larimer Lounge
5/22 Salt Lake City, UT â€“ Kilby Court
5/25 Spokane, WI â€“ Empyrean
5/26 Boise, ID â€“ Neurolux
5/27 Portland, OR â€“ Mississippi Studios
5/28 Vancouver, BC â€“ Media Club
5/30 Seattle, WA â€“ Sasquatch
6/3 San Francisco, CA â€“ Bottom of the Hill
Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Theirs are songs you can ance 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 the more esoteric 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 bandâ€™s self produced artwork. The three part harmonies come courtesy of keyboardist Kelcey Ayer, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice. Then thereâ€™s Matt Frazier on drums and Andy Hamm on bass, who look after the bandâ€™s equally impressive graphics and artwork.
One of SXSW 2009â€™s biggest success stories, the band drove for two days to get from Los Angeles to Austin in order to play nine spectacular shows that saw them sprinting, instruments in hand, from one gig to the next. Their hectic schedule paid off as Local Natives left Austin with the attention of the UK music Industry.
Based in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, three of the five-piece originally hail from Orange County. Kelcey, Ryan and Taylor attended neighboring high schools and hooked up with bassist Andy a year after they graduated, later meeting drummer Matt. Theyâ€™ve been playing â€“ and evolving – together for three years. Last year, however, the band realized that the new songs they were writing were the sounds of a new project entirely.
It was in December 2008 that the band decamped to Silver Lake, where they all live in the same house. But the Silver Lake digs isnâ€™t the first house the band have shared. They lived together in Orange County too, in a place affectionately known as Gorilla Manor. â€œIt was insanely messy and there were always friends over knocking around on guitars or our thrift store piano,â€ says Ryan, â€œit was an incredible experience and Iâ€™ll never forget that time.â€ The original Gorilla Manor, where the band wrote the majority of their record, had such an impact that the band has paid tribute to the house by naming their debut album in its honor.
The self-funded Gorilla Manor was recorded by Raymond Richards in West Los Angeles. Richards produced the record with Local Natives in his own Red Rockets Glare Studio.
Featuring twelve sumptuous slices of dappled California sunlight and beguiling percussive rhythms, the album kicks off with the moody, driving, â€˜Wide Eyesâ€™. Says Ryan, â€œItâ€™s about peopleâ€™s obsession with the miraculous and disastrousâ€¦with witnessing extraordinary eventsâ€. The effervescent, mandolin boasting â€˜Airplanesâ€™ follows, which Kelcey explains is about â€œlonging to have met my grandfather, a great man and pilot, who died before I was born.â€ Also included is the glorious â€˜Sun Handsâ€™, which was released as a limited edition single on Chess Club back in July. According to Taylor, the lyrics describe â€œthat all too familiar feeling of wanting what you canâ€™t have â€“ especially when you once had it.â€ Thereâ€™s a cover version in the mix too, a barely recognizable version of Talking Headsâ€™ â€˜Warning Signâ€™. â€œWeâ€™ve basically flipped the song on its head,â€ says Matt, explaining how they switched David Byrneâ€™s original yelped vocals into a beautiful three-part harmony.