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Local Natives @ Troubadour 06/04/10
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they handed out a program with the lyrics of every song to concert goers in a band's hometown? That way you wouldn't be the fool who looked around and realized that everyone in the place knew the words except you.
Such was the case inside the Troubadourlast Friday night which was stuffed to the gills for the homecoming Local Natives. Before every song came screams of delight and the behind the guy's lovely harmonies was the full weight of the crowd singing along. Crowd participation night wasn't just limited to singing either. The drum laden tunes were backed up by hundreds of hands and feet keeping time along with the drummers. From the very first notes of "Camera Talk" the enthusiasm built with each song, so by the time "Sun Hands" came on, the entire place erupted in a frenzy with people singing and stomping in time to the music.
And why on earth not? Their debut Gorilla Manor officially came out on Frenchkiss Records four months ago, but has been heard around Los Angeles for the last year. With harmonies that would make the Fleet Foxes green with envy and drumming that gets the blood pumping hot, these guys have created their own unique sound and deserve all the praise that's been thrown their way.
Will they be able to recreate it on their sophomore disk? Who knows? It is clear that the Local Natives are determined to make their hay while the sun still shines. And Los Angeles is full of that sunshine.
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Missed the show? Fear not! The Local Natives will be back in September.