Local Natives at the Roundhouse
Two albums into their career, Local Natives prove themselves to be a band with a lot more to give. In the midst of playing a mini European tour supporting The National, the band kick-started the evening with a bang at London’s Roundhouse.
Local Natives are a four-piece from Los Angeles who play beautifully melodic indie rock. Their first album Gorilla Manor was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and follow-up album Hummingbird was released in January of this year. The sophomore album was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, who tonight, to everyone’s delight, played guitar with the band on fan favourite Heavy Feet.
Local Natives launched straight into new single You & I with gusto. The lead vocals by Kelcey Ayer are completely breath-taking. The band set themselves apart with perfect three-part harmonies. Their sound is so instant and anthemic, lending itself to a summer festival atmosphere, but still glorious in the Roundhouse.
The audience is treated to a collection of material from both albums, early singles Sun Hands and Airplanes received with ecstatic cheers from the crowd. Local Natives are a captivating live band, with singer/guitarist Taylor Rice forever moving about the stage, smashing the cymbal with a tambourine and stomping his way through their upbeat tracks.
It is on their slower, quieter material that the band really comes into their own. Their harmonies echo around the venue and the audience is hushed. Something about the combination of voices and slow building drums make Local Natives sound even more emotionally charged than on record. Their sound is warm and comforting.
Returning to the UK in October, Local Natives will undoubtedly put on an incredible headline set. Tonight, they sound flawless and perform like they are having the time of their lives, which leaves the audience excited, energetic and eager for more. The band will probably be the most talked about live act on this summer’s festival circuit. Pop rock perfection.
For further information and future events visit Local Natives’ website here.
Watch the video for You & I here: