Local Natives were born from the encounter between guitarist Ryan Hahn, singer and guitarist Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer, in their high school in Orange County. At the time they were playing together in several punk bands. Later, in 2008, the band was completed when drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm joined them. These later additions were essential in the consolidation of the musical language of the band. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was released in 2009 under the British record label Infectious Records.
In 2013, after the departure of Andy Hamm, bassist Nick Ewing joined and the band released their second album, Hummingbird, a darker and more atmospheric work than their debut album. The popularity of this American band continued to grow whilst the post-punk style of some of their best songs won over the critics.
Initially, it was virtually impossible not to draw comparisons with some of the most recognisable names of this century’s indie music scene, such as Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear or Yeasayer. However, as time went by, Local Natives made a name for themselves thanks to unmistakable harmonies, influences from African and Middle Eastern music, a dream pop atmosphere and a series of elements which, together, make Local Natives one of the best bands right now.
In 2016 they released their third album, Sunlit Youth. The use of synthesizers put an optimistic spin on it, which can be heard in songs like “Coins”. Three years later, in 2019, a new album came out. Violet Street benefited from the experience of producer Shawn Everett (Weezer, The War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves) and featured strong singles such as “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo”. Local Natives will perform on the Super Bock stage on 16th July.