When we last spoke to Local Natives over two years ago, we were worried. Worried that their sophomore follow-up wouldn’t quite live up to their breakthrough album Gorilla Manor. And while they most likely had no idea what direction their second LP was going, we asked guitarist Ryan Hahn to give us some comfort–so, naturally, we asked him if it was going to suck.
“Man, I hope not,” he said back then. “Everyone’s got ideas floating around and I’m really excited about all the stuff I’ve heard. I don’t think we really have a plan, per se, so we’ll see.”
After two years of bated breath we can finally rest assured and release a sigh of relief. The Silverlake group’s first track off their new full-length Hummingbird is everything we hoped it would be (yeah, we’re getting all emotional about it, but it’s been a long time, alright?). “Breakers” is a far (yet close enough) cry from what we’re used to hearing from the band. While it still has all the elements of everything we loved about Gorilla Manor, the tribal drumbeats and soaring harmonies are much smoother and indistinct.
With the introduction of new instruments and a sound reminiscent to that of Explosions in the Sky, it seems as though the Local Natives are going to pull off the ultimate sophomore album achievement–sounding the same, but different, in the best way possible.
Local Natives – Breakers (download)
Hummingbird will be released on Jan. 29. The band also announced a 2013 tour. See dates below.
Local Natives North American Tour Dates
11-04 Tokyo, Japan – Zepp
11-28 Hamburg, Germany – Molotov
11-29 Berlin, Germany – Comet
12-01 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
12-04 Amsterdam, Holland – Bitterzoet
12-05 Brussels, Belgium – Rotunde
12-06 London, England – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
12-08 Camber Sands, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
01-29 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
01-30 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
02-01 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02-02-03 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-18 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03-19 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03-22 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom
03-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03-25 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
03-26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
03-30 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04-01 Providence, RI – Fete
04-04 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04-05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04-25 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04-26 Seattle, WA – Neptune
04-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Theatre