Some time ago, Local Natives announced the release of their long-awaited sophomore record Hummingbird (out on January 29), the follow-up to their splendid debut record Gorilla Manor. That announcement came with a new song titled Breakers, for which the band have made a video with director Jaffe Zin, which you can view above. It toys with your mind as it’s constantly switching between forward and reverse real-time, plus has some kind of space/mask-theme going on.
Local Natives — Breakers
Local Natives conquered the scene by storm back in 2009 after a series of impressive gigs on SXSW and an equally impressive debut full-length Gorilla Manor. The band took their time to write and record the follow-up, which carries the name Hummingbird and was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. Head over to Pitchfork to read a lengthy interview with the band, but hit play above before you head over there so you get to hear the first taste of Hummingbird, the rich-sounding Breakers, first. Hummingbird is out on January 28 via Infectious/Frenchkiss.
Local Natives cover Television’s Careful for Aquarium Drunkard’s tribute album to their 1978 album Adventure. L’Aventure is out due June 22, proceeds go to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
01 The Henry Clay People: “Glory”
02 Foreign Born: “Days”
03 The Happy Hollows: “Foxhole”
04 Local Natives: “Careful”
05 The Deadly Syndrome: “Carried Away
06 Imaad Wasif: “The Fire (feat. Lykke Li)”
07 Dirt Dress: “Ain’t That Nothin’”
08 Growlers: “The Dream’s Dream”
I already posted this interview with Ryan of feel-good-indie collective Local Natives on disco naïveté 1.0 but that unfortunately got deleted. Their debut Gorilla Manor is out worldwide now and people are loving it (makes sense, as it is great!), so I figured it would be a good idea to re-post the interview. Enjoy it!
Jarri: Hello! Who are you and what do you do in the band?
Ryan: My name is Ryan and I play guitar and sing in the band. Me, Kelcey and Taylor sing.
Jarri: Local Natives is quite ‘new’. You guys have been performing as Cavil as Rest for some years already, right?
Ryan: Taylor and I started that band when we were very young, like 15 or something. We were playing as Cavil as Rest and then we found the other guys.
Jarri: Why did you change the name of the band to Local Natives? Why not stay Cavil as Rest?
Ryan: It’s like I said, we’ve been Cavil as Rest for a long time, and you kind of grow up and you write more mature songs, and I don’t know, we wanted to start new, start fresh. So, we wrote all songs for Gorilla Manor and we just decided that it probably deserved a new name.
Jarri: And why did you choose the name ‘Local Natives’?
Ryan: I think Andy (our bassist) came up with it. We wanted something catchy and quirky, but also something that fits the music. Local Natives gives us this tribe-feeling, like ‘everyone together’. That’s kind of the reason why we picked that name.
Jarri: You have been touring the United States the past couple of years and are currently touring Europe, what is your personal highlight of any tour so far?
Ryan: We played Latitude Festival (UK) back in July and it was our first time playing a festival, even our first time playing in England. We didn’t think anyone was going to show up, but we started our first song and all of a sudden all these people were coming to the stage and by the end of our third song there was this big pack of people. It was really cool, like the craziest feeling I’ve ever had. I would say that is my highlight.
Jarri: I read something about an evacuation during a show because of fog-machine. At first I thought you guys died, but then it seemed there wasn’t even a fire?
Ryan: Haha, that was pretty weird. We played in Glasgow and during the third song the guy who was working on the sound, lights and fog-machine just turned on the fog-machine really high. And a couple of moments later the room was filled with smoke, we couldn’t even see what we were doing. The smoke-alarm goes off, everyone keeps telling us to stop playing but we couldn’t hear the alarm. Then, we finally turned off and we had to evacuate and so on. By the time we were back in, there was only time for one more song. That kind of sucked.
Jarri: More crazy stuff? Cause we love the crazy stuff!
Ryan: Lots of crazy stuff. Mhm, stuff that we want to be published… Stuff that people want to read. It’s hard to think of something on the spot I guess. Eh, touring the States, I think. It’s a big country, you have to drive lots and there were plenty of times we had to drive through a lightning storm, with no cellphone-reception or anything. We thought we were going to die, a lot. We’ve stayed at some really weird places as well. We’re really poor so we just ask people if we can just sleep on their floor. We stayed at some pretty crazy people’s houses. And again: we thought we were going to die.
Jarri: Haha, sounds scary! Let’s talk about music for a bit: what kind of music do you listen to?
Ryan: I’ve been listening to a lot of Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Spoon, Zombies. A lot of Motown. Wild Beasts. We’ve somehow become friends with them. You’d think we would listen to harmony-bands, right? Yes, kind of. Sometimes we listen to it in the van, but for the most part we listen to a lot of rock. Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands. And no one believes us! It’s just funny, we don’t listen that much to harmony-bands.
Jarri: I believe you! Any guilty pleasures?
Ryan: Eh, Phil Collins. Is that a guilty pleasure? I meant stuff like Britney Spears, but if you’d like to call Phil Collins a dirty pleasure, you can. Oh, okay. Haha. I don’t know. I would say.. who’s someone that I just heard on the radio? A lot of pop music isn’t ‘bad’ , otherwise it wouldn’t be that popular. Indeed, it’s really well-written, they know how to write pop-songs. Beyoncé is amazing. But I guess she isn’t a guilty pleasure, she’s just amazing. I don’t know, these days you hear so much music. I have to respect pop music, it’s very very catchy!
Jarri: True. Can you sing to intro to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”?
Ryan: Haha! I can’t actually! You’d think I’ve heard that song, but I haven’t. Seriously, I don’t know even know how it goes! I don’t know the chorus. Can you sing it for me? Haha, okay.
Jarri: Eh.. How does it go again.. “Ga Ga”, no, that’s horribly wrong. C’mon, how can you not know it? Cause I’m going to look like a complete idiot singing it.
Ryan: Haha, “Ga Ga”, that doesn’t help me at all!
Jarri: Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-Roma-ma-ah! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Ryan: Haha. Amazing. I’ve heard it, I think. I’ve heard more stuff by her, like Paparazzi, Poker Face, LoveGame. Some time ago I saw her performance on the MTV Awards, where she’s all covered in blood. You know what I’m talking about? She sits at the piano and all of a sudden she’s like covered in blood.
Jarri: Yeah, I’ve seen it. But that’s just Lady GaGa. Crazy stuff.
Ryan: Indeed, crazy stuff.
Jarri: Thanks for your time, looking forward to the show!
Ryan: Thank you!
Gorilla Manor is out now. Get it get it get it!