Local Natives – Philly Show

Oct. 27th, 2010

Listening to Local Natives’ full length album Gorilla Manor, you can kinda tell that they are going to be a fun band to see live. Then again, who hasn’t made that mistake before? Get all excited because listening to a band’s album is energetic and happy, then being severely disappointed with their live performance… it’s close to heartbreaking.

Thankfully, such was not the case with Local Natives. They started off with Camera Talk, setting the tone for the lively show that was to follow. They played most of the songs from their album, all the while playing a musical chairs-like game with their instruments; taking turns playing keyboard, guitar, and drums. As if their performance hadn’t already won the crowd over, they mentioned how Philly crowds are always the best… which, of course, is true, but it’s always nice to hear the musician reinforce the fact.

Their set flew by quickly and was a lot of fun… I mean, really, how could it not be? There is far too much “Ooooh!” singing, hand clapping, chorus harmonizing, snare-drum-rim-tapping goodness built in to their music to not enjoy… not to mention their sweet dance moves. As if the show itself wasn’t good enough, the encore was perfect: first their single Airplanes and finally a longer, awesome version of Sun Hands. I had been waiting all night to hear Sun Hands, and was not at all disappointed… I might even go so far as to say pleasantly surprised. They played it with so much more enthusiasm and just… wow… then I could’ve expected. It was awesome, and definitely makes me excited to see them again next time they come around. – Katie Miller

-Pic courtesy of Local Native’s Facebook page