World News: An Interview with Local Natives

Local Natives

For the past few weeks, my housemates, friends and I have been gleefully bobbing to the beautiful harmonies, eclectic rhythms and all-around addicting melodies of the Silverlake/Los Angeles group, The Local Natives. Whether it’s fair or not, the Natives have been capturing consciousnesses who have immediately likened their sound to that of such greats as Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and Arcade Fire. So when I got word that I’d be interviewing the group, I let out more than a few fist pumps and yelps in our living room.

Vocalist and guitarist Taylor Rice phoned in from England the morning after a show in London. We got to discuss the Natives’ formative beginnings in their Orange County “Gorilla Manor,” their unique, collaborative approach to songwriting and their recent rise to fame. The gang will be finishing up their European tour before hitting the American circuit, which includes dates at SXSW, Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonaroo.

Apes on Tape highly recommends picking up their debut LP, Gorilla Manor.

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Full Interview:

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  1. [...] Local Natives: While the age of buzzbands can lead to some acts reaching venues they aren’t quite prepared to play, the Local Natives have been a major success story since their breakout at SXSW 2009. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them multiple times and they’ve made leaps and bounds each time. Already on their second appearance in Sweden, the Natives had the Linne Tent crowd jacked by the first song. It’s good to know the Natives are being received just as well across seas as they are in South California. The hard work paid off. Check out our interview with them right here as well. [...]

  2. [...] In case you didn’t catch the Southern California bias already, I’ll keep reiterating it. Though I would love Local Natives regardless of their geographical grounding, the fact that their roots resided just up the I-5 from me made it much sweeter. In fact, my roommates’ beau partied in the Gorila Manor house that they named their debut album after (-10 point for trying to indirectly me cool…). The Natives forge a sound pulling similarities from the Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and Vampire Weekend and their own uniqueness that put’s them atop this list. And seeing after several live shows, I can attest their performance is even greater than the record. Check out our interview with them as well. [...]

  3. [...] Locals Natives teased us with some new songs from their previously unannounced new album last December in Seattle. Those songs and a bundle of others now have a new home. On January 29th, Local Natives will release their new LP Hummingbird via Frenchkiss. Tracklist below. Better yet, the first single is streaming. Check out “Breakers” below. And finally, new tour dates announced as well! PS: read out interview with Local Natives. [...]

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