The Local Natives are an Indie Rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA. Although they have been around since 2007, I was unfamiliar with them until recently, but have quickly become quite a fan. The band is made up of Taylor Rice (vocals/guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals/keys/percussion), Ryan Hahn (vocals/guitar), and Matt Frazier (Drums). Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was first released in the UK in November 2009, and later released in the US on February 16, 2010. Their sophomore album, Hummingbird, was released in January of 2013.
Somewhat surprised that the show was sold out, I was even more shocked when I walked in to the show around 35 minutes before the band took the stage, and already found it quite difficult to find any decent place to stand. It was clear that the band has many “superfans” already in the twin cities area, as well as many “newer fans” such as myself. Right off the bat I was pleasantly surprised with the power and harmonies of the lead vocals shared between Taylor and Kelcey. They came out firing with “You & I,” “Breakers,” perhaps their most popular song at the moment, and my personal favorite from their debut album, “Wide Eyes.” Throughout the entire show, they held true to their “dreamlike” melodies and drifting harmonies, and were able to keep the full attention of the audience all the while. The crowd was dancing and waving through their more anthem-like song including “Sun Hands,” and “Black Balloons,” and showed enormous respect by bringing the noise down considerably for their slower songs such as “The Bowery.” When that particular song began, I even overheard in the audience, “Shhh, this is their best song!” Overall, the Local Natives were very well received at First Ave, and there is no doubt upon their return, they will be able to play another sold out show, to a very receptive audience. Video from the show at First Ave can be seen at the link below.
*I do not own the rights to this video, nor was it taken by me*