The Growing Popularity of Local Natives

Posted on October 23, 2010


If anyone attended the Local Natives show today, I’m extremely jealous. The indie rock band from California just performed minutes ago at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. If you’ve never heard of them before, I guess they are described as ”afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies” kind of band. I waited too long to buy the tickets; I underestimated their growing popularity. Sometimes it makes me upset when my favorite bands become well-known. It’s less personal. But, I shouldn’t be greedy.

They were formally a more beat-thumping rock band (Cavil at Rest) that wouldn’t be considered hard or heavy metal, but definitely not as mellow as they are now. And even still, they’re funky and upbeat now. Their CD, Gorilla Manner, hosts many hits including Airplanes, Wide Eyes (played on 88.9 WERS,) Sun Hands, and World News. When I first heard them, they’re EP was the only thing available, and it has a version of Cards and Quarters that is better than the album’s. It is a very sensual, passionate, and beautiful song, slow on the EP and quicker pace on the album.

It’s a shame I’ve missed them, seeing that they’re probably on their way to Boulder, CO right now. Looks like the band is having a blast on the road (check out their blog and pictures.) If there is a website that updates you on your favorite band’s tour dates, please tell me of this wonderment because I’ve been missing out.

Anyways, here is a cool video by the Local Natives featuring their song, World News. It’s a very summery look into the band’s ‘a day in the life..’

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