Local Natives

by Hope Claydon

In the midst of an extensive tour flittering all over both Europe and the US, Local Natives will be returning to Bristol at Motion nightclub on November 4 – bringing their special brand of indie rock with them. It’s their third album, Sunlit Youth, that the Californian 5-piece are promoting; having first risen to prominence way-back-when in 2009, they immediately made a name for themselves for their emotive 3-part harmonies and their energetic and stirring sonic backdrop. They have a strong following from the indie circuit; if you’re into anything from Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, The National, or Yeasayer, you should be into this.

And God, do they know how to put on a show. The energy of Local Natives’ songs is amped onto another level in their live gigs; they were the first proper gig I ever went to and I didn’t stop smiling for a good 3 days afterwards – the vivacity of their spirit is infectious. It’s not a show you’d want to miss.