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 played 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
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 and the
post-punk style of some of their best songs won over the critics.
Initially, it was near 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, 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 has benefited from
Shawn Everet’s experience as producer (Weezer, The War on Drugs) and features
strong singles such as “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo”, both of
which you can sing your heart out to on 18 th July at Super Bock Super Rock EDP stage.