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Local Natives
Local Natives
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Local Natives performing at Ypsigrock in Castelbuono, Italy in August 2013
Background information
OriginSilver Lake, Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresIndie rock
LabelsFrenchkiss, Infectious, Loma Vista
MembersTaylor Rice
Kelcey Ayer
Ryan Hahn
Matt Frazier
Nik Ewing
Andy Hamm
Chris "McGahee" Filley
Spencer Knapp
Andy Savage
Daniel McKenzie

Local Natives is an American indie rock band based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, United States. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was first released in the UK in November 2009, and later released in the US on February 16, 2010. The album received mostly positive reviews[1] and debuted in the Billboard 200 and at No. 3 in the New Artist Chart.[2] Their second album, Hummingbird, was released in January 2013. Their third album, Sunlit Youth, was released in September 2016.

Their sound has been described as "afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies".[3]


2005-2011: Formation and Gorilla Manor

The band came together in Orange County, where Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, and Taylor Rice attended Tesoro High School. One year after graduating college at UCLA, they were joined by bassist Andy Hamm and drummer Matt Frazier. In December 2008, they all moved to a house in Silver Lake and started work on their debut album.[4]

Everything the band creates comes from a complete collaboration between their members, from songwriting to artwork.[4] Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was named after the house they all shared in Orange County, where most of the album was written. "It was insanely messy and there were always friends over knocking around on guitars or our thrift store piano," said Hahn. "It was an incredible experience and I'll never forget that time." [4] The self-funded Gorilla Manor was recorded by Raymond Richards in his own Red Rockets Glare Studio, in West Los Angeles, and was produced by Richards and the band.[4]


The band started to attract the attention of the music press after playing nine shows at the 2009 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where initial reviews drew favorable comparisons to Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Vampire Weekend,[5] as well as "sort of a West Coast Grizzly Bear."[6]

In 2010 the group's song Wide Eyes became known in Australia after appearing during an election campaign advertisement for the Australian Democrats. In 2011, they embarked on a European tour, served as opening act for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and made their debut in Australia at St Jerome's Laneway Festival [7]

Hamm's departure

It was announced March 18, 2011 that the band had parted ways with bassist Andy Hamm. A post on the band's website stated, "It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce that we have recently parted ways with our bassist Andy Hamm. Due to unresolved differences within the band, we strongly feel that, in order to continue in a positive direction, this is the best course of action. We wish Andy the best and will miss him deeply."[8]

2012-2013: Hummingbird

Local Natives onstage at Optimus Primavera Sound in 2013

At Lollapalooza the band announced that they built a new studio and are working on completing their second full-length album, Hummingbird, which was released January 29, 2013.[9]Hummingbird was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, and though it has departed from the "battle-cry urgency" of Gorilla Manor's Sun Hands, singer/guitarist Taylor Rice doesn't look at 'Hummingbird' as a darker album pointing out moments of optimism, and attributing the altered subject matter to the changes and emotions that have come in the last few years since their debut, such as Ayer's mother passing away from breast cancer. [10]

Since 2012, the band has been joined with Nik Ewing as their touring bassist but it was announced at Austin City Limits that he has become an official member on October 11, 2013.[11]

2014-present: Sunlit Youth

In August 2014, at a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of the Twilight Concert Series, the band announced that they had already begun work on their third studio album.[12]

On April 29, 2016, Local Natives released a new single "Past Lives," saying, "The world is not static, it's made new over and over again. But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop, loving the same way, wrestling the same demons, the same dynamics playing out around us again and again. Untangling every moment and decision that led us to where we are now can make fate feel concrete, inescapable. But our world is not fixed, it's constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want."[13] In May 2016, the band premiered the first songs from the album live.[14]

The album Sunlit Youth was released on September 9, 2016.[15] The single "I Saw You Close Your Eyes" was released on March, 23 2017,[16] followed by another one-off single on May 19, 2017, "The Only Heirs", a collaboration with Nico Segal [17]

On September 22, 2017 Kelcey released his debut solo album, Tasha Sits Close to the Piano, under the name Jaws of Love.[18] On December 21, 2018 under the name Chewing, Nik released his debut solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, a cover of Dennis Wilson's 1977 album in its entirety [19]



  • Taylor Rice - vocals, guitar
  • Kelcey Ayer - vocals, keyboards, percussion, guitar
  • Ryan Hahn - guitar, keyboards, mandolin, vocals
  • Matt Frazier - drums
  • Nik Ewing - bass, keyboards, vocals (2012-present)[20]


  • Andy Hamm - bass guitar (2006-2011)





  • "Sun Hands" (2009)
  • "Camera Talk" (2009)
  • "Airplanes" (2010)
  • "Wide Eyes" (2010)
  • "Who Knows Who Cares" (2010)
  • "World News" (2010)
  • "Breakers" (2012)
  • "Heavy Feet" (2013)
  • "You & I" (2013)
  • "Ceilings" (2013)
  • "Past Lives" (2016)
  • "Villainy" (2016)
  • "Fountain of Youth" (2016)
  • "Coins" (2016)
  • "Ultralight Beam" (2016)
  • "I Saw You Close Your Eyes" (2017)
  • "The Only Heirs" (2017)


  1. ^ "Reviews for Gorilla Manor by Local Natives". Metacritic.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Local Natives Debut On Billboard Top 200 & No. 3 On New Artist Chart". AltSounds. February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Local Natives Sign to Frenchkiss". Pitchfork.com. November 30, 2009. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c d "Frenchkiss Records". Frenchkiss Records. 2013-01-29. Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (June 3, 2009). "New Band Of The Day". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Album Reviews: Local Natives: Gorilla Manor". Pitchfork.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Local Natives add headline shows to first Australian tour". Abc.net.au. November 18, 2010. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Unfortunate News". Outtasightblog.tumblr.com. March 18, 2011. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Lollapalooza Sun Hands Performance". Youtube.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Lau, Melody (2013-02-25). "Local Natives Growth Spurt". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Local Natives' Big Vaulted Ceilings". Laweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Staring At Our Ceilings: Local Natives Come to Salt Lake City". Saltartists.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Local Natives Return to the Present With New Single "Past Lives" -- TRANSVERSO". Transversomedia.com. 2016-04-29. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "We Caught the First Preview of Local Natives' New Album at a Surprise LA Show - Noisey". noisey. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Mongredien, Phil (2016-09-11). "Local Natives: Sunlit Youth review - clever but overpolished indie". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Local Natives' New Song Will Only Play If You Close Your Eyes". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Havens, Lyndsey. "Local Natives Drop Gleaming New Track 'The Only Heirs' With Nico Segal: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Helman, Peter. "Jaws Of Love. (Local Natives' Kelcey Ayer) - "Jaws Of Love."". Stereogum. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Stutz, Colin. "Local Natives Side Project Chewing Announces Dennis Wilson Cover Album, Shares New Tracks: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Local Natives in Concert : NPR". Npr.org. Retrieved .

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