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Local Natives | Of Dreamers and Realists

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When reminiscing upon a home-cooked meal with five fresh-faced Silver Lake transplants, it donned upon me: Perseverance is all the Local Natives have ever known. The sort of bullish tenacity that veers dangerously close to thickheadedness because you end up living not only yours, but someone else's dream. Their passion simply knows no bounds.

Some six years ago it all began in the ravaged back lot of a house in Riverside. It was a nascent crew and a relatively different vision, but perhaps the same starting point for many bands of that time: Love Juice Labs Recording Studios.

The setting, of course, has as much long-lasting significance as the bands that spawned from it—most notably the Inland Empire's crown jewel, the frenetic pop punk outfit Rufio. Be that as it may, the ephemeral circumstances afforded some of us an unlikely and, ultimately, extraordinary crossing of paths. One that we would fail to recall for years, only to exhume years later with utmost awe.

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The long-lost situation was a peculiar juncture at which both of our budding bands were recording demo material in close proximity (within the curtilage of an existing house). Ironically, the memory was so distant that only two of five Local Natives, then called Cavil At Rest, could possibly reach back into the ashes for a hazy glimpse of that simultaneous occurrence.