Photo Gallery: Local Natives, Live From The Parish SXSW 2010
- Wide Eyes
- Camera Talk
- Warning Sign
- Shape Shifter
- Sun Hands
Local Natives opened their performance at our SXSW day party with "Wide Eyes," the lead off track from their debut album Gorilla Manor. They played an impressive set of cuts from the album, nailing the 4-part harmonies that are such an integral part of their sound. The propulsive rhythms were provided by two drummers, one from behind a drum kit, and the other standing center stage with a single snare. Their set included a Talking Heads cover of "Warning Signs," also from Gorilla Manor.
Local Natives' members pride themselves on the communal nature of their artistic ventures. Songwriting is a group activity, vocals are provided by three people and graphic design is taken care of by the rest. Bassist Andy Hamm has been known to produce impromptu home videos set to Local Natives' music, and the group has released intimate takeaway shows from interesting locales. On top of that, the L.A. band's debut album (Gorilla Manor) is named after the house they all shared in California's Orange County — according to legend, not a far cry from an actual zoo.
Local Natives' sound synthesizes vocal harmonies influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (or the more contemporary Fleet Foxes) with the reverberant rhythms of Afrobeat, indie rock and chamber pop. Its recordings on Gorilla Manor are dynamic but contemplative, soaring but intimate.