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Local Natives

Hailing from Silver Lake, CA, Local Natives have just released their new single “Past Lives” via Loma Vista (also home to Andrew Bird, Iggy Pop, Health). This song is the band’s first new track since their highly praised 2013 sophomore album Hummingbird, which saw them collaborate with The National’s Aaron Dessner.

While it is still unclear whether a new album is on the way, the band have reportedly been playing some new material at a few recent gigs and are also scheduled to appear at a handful of festivals this summer.

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Local Natives

Local Natives released their sophomore album Hummingbird on January 29th via Frenchkiss Records. This highly awaited follow-up to their hugely successful 2009 debut Gorilla Manor was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who also performs and contributes songwriting on the record. Stream it in full on SoundCloud.

If Gorilla Manor certainly had moments of charming quirky greatness, the Silver Lake quartet (bassist Andy Hamm left the band in 2011) have really upped their game on Hummingbird. More confident and introspective than ever, Local Natives deliver a sparkling 11-track album that is both grandiose contemplative, effortlessly mixing soaring vocals, rolling drums and heavily wrought atmospheric arrangements.

Local Natives - Wide Eyes (Suckers Remix)     

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For the opening night of the Pantiero Music Festival, headliners Local Natives were scheduled to perform at 9PM and well before the concert tension was already building amongst the crowd,  waiting in anticipation to see the five Californian wunderkinds perform their magic on stage…

The band fulfilled all of their fans’ wildest expectations!  Performing under a hazy blue light, the no-front-man band proved how well they work together, always balancing stage presence and creating a perfect alchemy that transpired into their music and subtle vocal harmonies…

Local Natives - Sun Hands (RussianAdults Remix)     

– So there’s no leader?

It’s very democratic… Some tensions sometimes but it’s good… Obviously we share similar tastes.

You used to live in a house together?

We did. We all moved out of the house cause we move around so much, it doesn’t even make sense to have a house really.. We’re just never home. We’re homeless in a way… We’ve been on tour for a year, with little breaks every few months.

– And during your breaks do you write new songs?

The breaks aren’t long enough, they’re just maybe a few days off to hang out with our girlfriends or family, catch our breath…

– You still find time to write during the tour? Or will take a break after the tour to make new music?

When we write, we write very collaboratively and collectively and so we’ve had some time to write in an individual sense but we won’t really get to dive in the songs until we’re done touring. And we’ll probably tour till the end of this year and so after that we’ll take a big break so we can spend a lot of time to write.

– Are you tired of touring?

No!! Everything has been kind of a new experience for us and it’s been exciting to play for different audiences. We just played in Japan for the first time and it was just insane, it was really cool. I think it’s still exciting for us.



At the height of summer, a quiet storm is brewing in the South of France. Bringing together the best of indie, rock and electro music, the Pantiero Music Festival is kicking off today in the sun-soaked city of Cannes!

Home to one of the oldest and most reputable film festivals in the world, the “Palais des Festivals” will be rocking to some of the freshest tunes around. So put on your dancing shoes, grab your sunglasses and follow umstrum||music every day from August 12 to 14 as we walk you through some of the highlights of this year’s festival!

For the 9th year in a row, the Pantiero Music Festival brings together a handpicked selection of artists from all over the world, playing all genres of music and catering to very different audiences. With one thing in common though: passion! Since 2002, the artists that have taken to the stage have consistently wowed fans and critics alike and for this new edition  expectations are high. With a lineup that includes Foals, Local Natives, Bot’Ox, Errors, Zombie Nation, Two Door Cinema Club, The Rapture and Mondkopf, Pantiero’s huge rooftop stage overlooking the Mediterranean will be at the center of this 4-day music extravaganza.

Foals - Astronauts and All (Barringtone Remix)     

Join the party! Tune in tomorrow for some hot festival news and an exclusive interview with Local Natives.

Find more info about the festival HERE and buy tickets online HERE.


Local Natives

Local Natives are a bunch of five musicians from Southern California and they have just released their debut LP Gorilla Manor (French Kiss / Infectious Music 2009), which you can get on iTunes. Upon first listen though, it seems as if there’s no way this can really be their first record. Taylor Rice (vocals/guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals/keys/percussion), Ryan Hahn (vocals/guitar), Andy Hamm (Bass) and Matt Frazier (Drums) really sound like they know what they’re doing! Their songs roll by with the ease, confidence and chemistry of a much more seasoned act.

Some have compared them to bands like Broken Social Scene but with rich orchestration à la Grizzly Bear or FleetFoxes. I say, let’s forget comparaisons and listen to their sound…

Local Natives - Sun Hands     

The Local Natives are touring the US at the moment and will soon embark on a huge European tour that will take them to Spain, France, Denmark, Germany, the UK, etc… More info on MySpace!