Filled with a heavy dose of summerpop and modern rock, Los Angeles' Local Natives set foot under the Levi's FADER Fort for a midday set on Thursday, March 18, with a completely filled crowd lot already to listen to the tunes set forth by the Frenchkiss Records labelmates.
With the release of their debut album, Gorilla Manor, in February of this year (it let out in the UK last November), Local Natives have already built a staunch fan-base, thanks to performances at the Austin festival last year. Their initial album offering has received a multitude of critical praise, from major media writers and bloggers alike, thine own self included.
What I grossly underestimated, however, was the raucous reception that each song received once completed. Having spent most of my SXSW time in the Fort, I can easily, and without a shed of doubt, note that Local Natives garnered the loudest and warmest rounds of applause, second only to fourth night closers, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
The claps and cheers came 100% warranted as they powered through many album cuts, including fan favorites Sun Hands and Airplanes. Consider me an even bigger fan after this spectacular showing! (full set of pictures can be viewed here)
Local Natives have just been added to the August OYA Festival in Oslo, Norway. More information here.
mp3: Local Natives - Airplanes
mp3: Local Natives - Sun Hands (Russian Adults Remix)