Where: Local 506-Chapel Hill, NC
When: May 4, 2010
I love this band for so many reasons. Sometimes when I listen to them, I can hear echoes of the harmony driven band Fleet Foxes, and other times it feels like they have taken notes directly from indie rock darlings, Yeasayer.
And while I’m afraid this description may seem to imply that Local Natives lack originality, I assure you nothing could be farther from the truth.
Vocalist and mustache wearer extraordinaire, Taylor Rice’s distinctive voice has helped this band to carve out a niche in the decidedly oversaturated indie music genre. And his voice really adds extra flair to the lovely harmonies, which are supported by band mates Kelcey Ayer and Ryan Hahn on their debut album Gorilla Manor.
The use of percussion really drives this band’s sound, and the live show was a testament to that with Ayers often playing a second set of drums while still maintaining keyboarding duties.
But Ayers wasn’t the only one pulling double duty. With the exception of drummer, Matt Frazier, all of the band members took turns playing various instruments throughout the hour and a half set. As I’ve said before, I have a special place in my heart for bands that operate like this.
The band sounded great live: strong voices and excellent music quality. And sadly, I don’t thing the videos really don’t do the band justice.
While all of the songs on Gorilla Manor are amazing, my favorite live performances were “Shape Shifter” and “Sun Hands”. Opening band Suckers made a very loud appearance during “Sun Hands,” so make sure to check out that video, if nothing else!