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Music nerd. DJing all over California since 1991 (I was really young) and currently found on Moheak.com. I unabashedly love both Duran Duran and Pixies equally. Follow me on Twitter @shebmo
LA’s own Local Natives recently played two sold out nights at the El Rey theatre, celebrating the release of their second full length, Hummingbird. The band released their first collection 3 years ago, and the quirky folk, lilting harmonies and indie take on world rhythms made them festival darlings right away. These shows were just the start of a slew of sold out gigs nationwide, and the new record picks up right where the last one left off.
With a perfect mix of the two albums so that no one felt left out, the five piece took the stage to screams and shouts from an extremely enthusiastic crowd. Live, they got down to business, and their earnest delivery was not lost on the audience. When they get into that harmony thing, though, people go nuts. They opened with the first track of the new album, “You & I,” and went into the single “Breakers,” which elicited a whole lotta “woos!” every time they reached a harmonious and musical crescendo. “Airplanes” and their now somewhat standard Talking Heads cover of “Warning Sign” (and they do it so well!) were big favorites, but it was great to see new tracks like “Ceilings” and “Heavy Feet” get lots of love too.
The encore, though, absolutely wowed as they saved a couple party tunes for last. After the grand sing-a-long of “Who Knows, Who Cares,” they busted out “Sun Hands” and the whole place blew up. Hands in the air, clapping ferociously (I swear, it had to hurt sometimes), and after the vocal breakdown (which had the entire room shouting), Local Natives burst into a rock frenzy and people were almost crowd surfing. (Or maybe they actually made it and I just couldn’t see them? They sure were close.) These local boys definitely done good, and they have thousands of local fans that came out to show them so.
– Mo Herms for Moheak (photos by Zowie)