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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Formed in 2008, Local Natives craft their dramatic and eclectic brand of indie rock from their home base in Los Angeles, California. Meeting in their Orange County high school, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (all of whom handle vocal duties) recruited drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm and moved to Silver Lake, where they began to forge their highly collaborative sound. Utilizing lots of vocal harmonies and drifting, dreamlike melodies, Local Natives have an intricate sound based around the delicate interconnectedness of all of their parts. This gives the band a sound that is able to be orchestral while still feeling understated, evoking the carefully assembled pop of Grizzly Bear. Their debut, Gorilla Manor, arrived in 2009 through U.K. label Infectious Records (with a domestic release coming by way of Frenchkiss in 2010). In 2011, Andy Hamm left Local Natives, leaving them to continue on as a quartet. In 2013, the band returned with its sophomore album, Hummingbird, featuring the single "Breakers."

eMusic Features


Interview: Local Natives

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

L.A.'s Local Natives have had a turbulent few years. After the 2009 release of their debut, Gorilla Manor, they went out on tour again and again — both as headliners and as the opening act for Arcade Fire and the National. Then they went through a rough patch: Singer Kelcey Ayer's mother died (the subject of their new song "Colombia"), several band members had health problems, and bassist Andy Hamm left the group. Now a quartet… more »


eMusic Selects: Yellow Ostrich

By Laura Leebove, Managing Editor

File Under: Frenzied guitar riffs, looped vocals and floor-tom grooves Alex Schaaf started Yellow Ostrich as a dorm-room solo outing while in college in Wisconsin, where he cranked out a couple of whimsical electropop albums and EPs made mostly with just a drum machine and vocals. He doesn't like to spend much time on one project: Those first releases — among them an EP inspired by Morgan Freeman's Wikipedia page — were each made in just… more »


  • 11.21.15 too many guitars, not enough time. photo by @bryansheffield @ Vox Recording Studio https://t.co/5cmMH4usU1
  • 11.14.15 Our hearts break for Paris, so horrifically sad. Bataclan holds a special place in our hearts, the last show of our 2013 tour #JeSuisParis
  • 11.11.15 .@newburycomics have put out an Exclusive Marbled Gold Vinyl of Hummingbird. Ltd to 500: https://t.co/YCaFV0Bt8q https://t.co/6LWtaYl2sG
  • 10.16.15 Late night drum tracking @ Streets of Los Angeles https://t.co/IApofwjLCz
  • 09.30.15 montreal last weekend 🇨🇦 and officially the last show until we finish making our third album. thank… https://t.co/9tE11QqGUT
  • 09.28.15 RT @superhumanoids: breakfast w buds in montreal 🇨🇦 @localnatives @cafeneve http://t.co/NBXnOBFwg0
  • 09.22.15 playing @MRCYFest this weekend– lineup and passes at http://t.co/VuymTL24Yf we've missed you montreal, going to try some new songs for you
  • 09.11.15 Starkville, Mississippi, we're pumped to play MSU tonight THOUGH our MicroKorg died. Does anyone have one we can borrow for tonight??
  • 09.03.15 http://t.co/Hj0vvlFcZA
  • 08.30.15 Repurposing the inner tubes from Float Fest video @hyla https://t.co/G52jMdBUzF
  • 08.21.15 We'll be in San Marcos, TX on August 28th for Float Fest. Grab tix here, see you there! https://t.co/MALEg1GzJ1
  • 08.09.15 Drum day http://t.co/TgGrXv3kfj