Local Natives @ House of Blues | Dallas
Local Natives is a 5-member band from L.A. made up of Taylor Rice (guitar, vocals), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keyboards, percussion, guitar), Ryan Hahn (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, vocals), Andy Hamm (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Frazier (drums). Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was released in February, and has been making waves ever since. Their harmonies, afropop rhythms, and infectious stage performance have made waves on the music scene since their SXSW performances in 2009.
I made my way to the House of Blues to see them for the third time this year. The first time I saw them was at a sold out show at Sons of Herman Hall in Dallas. It was the first show on their tour with the Brooklyn band, Suckers. I then saw them two nights later in Houston at Mangos. Both performances were incredible, and I was excited to see them again.
Every once in a while when you see a band play, you get completely lost in their performance. It reminds you why you see live shows. The music envelopes you, you’re caught up in the energy of it all, and you just let it carry you through. Local Natives are like that. Therefore, all I have is a bullet pointed list of some observations I made during their performance:
• Matt Frazier still looks like he’s 12, and the Justin Bieber haircut really doesn’t help
• Taylor Rice still has a fantastic mustache, and it’s only gotten better
• Andy Hamm still has terrible hair
• They excited me so much I peed my pants (I didn’t really, but I did yell that at one point of the show)
• “Airplane,” the heartfelt song that Kelcey wrote about his Grandfather that passed away, is quite possibly the anthem of the year
• They mentioned performing at the Sons of Herman Hall, and said that the House of Blues stage was much more sturdy, and in response I yelled,” So’s my cock” (I guess I was “that guy.” I hadn’t even had that much to drink, they just have that effect on me)
• “Sun Hands” is the best song I’ve seen performed live this year (all three times), and this time was much more intense, as they brought out all the members of both opening bands
• If you get the chance to see them live – do it!