Local Natives ended up playing a surprise show at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ as a way to test out the new songs. This was literally the first time any of the new songs had been played before a live audience, so everyone in attendance had the right to feel special.

Local Natives are a special band, and it has been quite some time since we have heard from them. I didn’t have doubts that the new songs would be of quality, but I was wondering where the guys would go next. From what I heard on Wednesday, the band are staying true to the roots, while also expanding the well. They are venturing into new templates of sound, experiemnting with what they had done before, giving way to new ideas, but also staying true to themselves.

The band worked in the new songs with ease, as they complemented the new stuff with old favorites such as “Warning Sign”, “Who Knows Who Cares”, “Wide Eyes” and “Airplanes”. Kelcey forgot the words at first – which added to the charm of the show – reminding us that this was the bands return to everything. They gracefully picked theselves up, and hit the rest of the song out of this world. Of course, “Sun Hands” was the final blow, and man, that song still packs a hell of a punch.

Local Natives may sound great on record, but they take things to “excellent” live. It’s good to have them back.



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