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Local Natives Announce New Album, Tour

October 18, 2012

Los Angeles’ Local Natives will release their sophomore album, entitled Hummingbird, on Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music on January 29th, 2013 (out in Europe January 28th).  The first song to be released, a hazy dose of pop splendor called “Breakers,” is available to stream now via PitchforkPRESS HERE to listen to the track.  The band will also be embarking on a UK and European tour previewing new songs from the album, with a US tour to follow.Tour dates are below.

Much has happened between the band’s critically-acclaimed, Best New Music debut album, Gorilla Manor, and the imminent release of Hummingbird.  From rave reviews to brilliant television performances, Gorilla Manor launched the band onto the global stage, saw them headlining theaters throughout America and Europe, opening for bands like Arcade Fire and The National, winning them lauded slots at major festivals around the world, and selling over 100,000 albums in the U.S. alone.   Upon their return home from the road, the band built out a rehearsal space/studio in an abandoned bungalow in Silverlake, allowing them to try writing in different ways, and freeing them up to work extensively on tones and arrangements. This ultimately led to their experimenting with new instruments and sounds, bringing a broader musical palette to the table, and challenging them to grow from the comfort space of their established aesthetic.

The band says Hummingbird was created from the emotional framework of being stretched between two opposite poles.   In the two years following Gorilla Manor’s release, the band saw the highest highs and the lowest lows they had ever experienced together. While their wildest musical dreams were coming to fruition,  personal relationships faltered or fell apart, and a close family member suddenly passed away. As such, the songs on Hummingbird embody that similar dichotomy – they are fragile and powerful, opulent and spare, tense and poised.  When it came time to properly set these songs to tape, the band did their initial tracking in Montreal, and then decamped to Brooklyn, enlisting as co-producer The National’s Aaron Dessner, who they had recently befriended while touring together. It was the first time they had ever recorded outside their native California, and relocating became the physical manifestation of working beyond what was familiar for them.  Indeed, Hummingbird is all the better for it.

Shining opener “You & I” is the album’s calling card, bathing synthetic drums in warm organs and surfy guitars, and the band’s signature sky-high harmonies.  “Heavy Feet” marries hand claps and sparse chords with a driving snare and one of the most remarkable choruses on the album, while “Ceilings” sounds like Fleetwood Mac with a dub bass groove. “Colombia,” written for a member’s mother who passed away unexpectedly last year, is the album’s swollen heart moment, a love letter from a son to a parent which grows in beautiful, orchestral complexity around a simple, plaintive chorus. Like all of Hummingbird, the song carries with it not just a melodic richness, but a quality of grace – a moment to be examined and ultimately enjoyed.

Local Natives tour dates are:

11/4/2012                   Zepp, Tokyo
11/28/2012                 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotov
11/29/2012                 Berlin, Germany @ Comet
12/1/2012                   Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
12/4/2012                   Amsterdam, Holland @ Bitterzoet
12/5/2012                   Brussels, Belgium @ Rotunde
12/6/2012                   London, UK @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
12/8/2012                  Camber Sands Pontins, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
1/29/2013                   Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
1/30/2013                   Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
2/1/2013                     Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
2/2-3/2013                  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3/18/2013                   Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
3/19/2013                   Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
3/22/2013                   Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom
3/23/2013                   Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
3/25/2013                   Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
3/26/2013                   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
3/30/2013                   Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/1/2013                     Providence, RI @ Fete
4/4/2013                     Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/5/2013                     Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25/2013                   Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
4/26/2013                   Seattle, WA @ Neptune
4/27/2013                   Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Theatre

Track listing:

1)      You & I
2)      Heavy Feet
3)      Ceilings
4)      Black Spot
5)      Breakers
6)      Three Months
7)      Black Balloons
8)      Wooly Mammoth
9)      Mt. Washington
10)  Colombia
11)  Bowery

For more information regarding Local Natives, please contact:

Jen Appel // Joey Primero – 212-246-2640 //

Photo by Bryan Sheffield