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Biography All Music Guide

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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."

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
09.11.15 Mississippi State University Amphitheatre Starkville, MS US
09.26.15 Espace Montmorency Laval, QC Canada

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 »


  • 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
  • 07.25.15 July 18, Honolulu Setlist http://t.co/pIDBT3QMEq
  • 07.20.15 http://t.co/W4oyoLwaDB
  • 07.19.15 RT @JesieRocetes: I got my car towed tonight but at least I got to go see @localnatives in #hawaii
  • 07.17.15 We're excited to play our first show in Hawaii tomorrow! Waikiki Shell, 8pm, FREE, 21+ http://t.co/Z8vrzguZqk
  • 06.26.15 the days we remember for good rather than evil are far too few...let's toast to us having way WAY more of them -K #lovewins
  • 06.10.15 Here's some footage of Brian Wilson leading 'Surfin' USA' and us doing 'I Get Around' at Brian Fest last month http://t.co/iKilgElOjh
  • 06.08.15 update to the Hawaii show guys, may not be all ages now. Please check in closer to the concert. See you soon
  • 06.03.15 Coming to play our first show in Hawaii, July 18th, free and all ages! Heineken Pacific Mele at Waikiki Shell http://t.co/UNt5uxAMdp
  • 05.21.15 in reference to the Hummingbird album cover: "Hey wait a minute, that was no boating accident" #ThanksDave http://t.co/uLc8PoJ8qM