The introduction of Local Natives to the international music scene in 2009 was a revelation. Their music and live shows are a deliberate brilliance of messiness and intricate harmonies creating a distinct sound that has enthralled critics and audiences alike.
With anticipation for their sophomore album Hummingbird high, The Frontier Touring Company can announce that Local Natives will be touring Australia this May!
Hummingbird (out January 25th through Liberator Music), co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, is the culmination of the band’s collaborative techniques and experimentation through new instruments and sounds. The band’s characteristic eclecticism has ensnared listeners with contrasts of frenzied drums, breathy vocals, pensive lyrics and swooning orchestral melodies.
Much has happened between the band’s critically acclaimed album Gorilla Manor and the imminent release of Hummingbird. Since their last visit to Australian shores, they have headlined shows across America and Europe, opened for bands The National and Arcade Fire and earned slots on the bills of major festivals around the world, garnering masses of critical acclaim along the way:
“L.A. band take indie rock to dreamy heights” – Rolling Stone
“Local Natives still retain their youthful vigour and identifiable quirks swaying, full-bodied harmonies and a dynamic booster shot of a chorus.” – Pitchfork
“The key to Local Natives’ emotive power is the way that Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer, like sagely, bearded sirens, coax audiences to prick up their ears and open their hearts, in a set doused with sadness, but set alight with celebration” – NME
The collaborative spirit instilled within the band’s debut LP Gorilla Manor ultimately became the foundation for Hummingbird, their most mature work so far. An evolution of their sound, the record contains the kind of composition that truly blooms when played live and the complexities of the songs flourish as all four band members take the stage.
The display of intimate artistry in a Local Natives performance is a powerful demonstration of authentic talent so make certain you don’t miss out!