Local Natives were created in 2005 in the neighborhood of Silver Lake, in Los Angeles, California. Three of the members, Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keyboards e.t.c.), Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Hahn (guitar, keyboards) were from the same high school in Orange County. When they finished college they met also Andy Hamm (bass) and Matt Frazier (drums) and went to Silver Lake where they began working together.
The band’s first album named “Gorilla Manor” finally came out in November of 2009 in the UK and three months later in the USA. It reached the third position on the US New Artist Chart and contained an indie rock sound, with elements of post-punk revival and indie folk. Local Natives began gaining fans through their live shows and in 2011 they appeared in Europe and later in Australia for the first time. Hamn left the group in March and Nik Ewing (bass, keyboards) took his place later in 2012. He didn’t take part in their second album “Hummingbird” which came out at the beginning of 2013 since he was still a touring member. They continued touring and in the summer of 2014, they started dealing with the next album. “Sunlit Youth” came out in September of 2016 and managed to enter the US Billboard 200 at no. 23, peaking at no. 8 on the Top Rock Albums chart.
Local Natives’ fourth album is “Violet Street” which came out in April of 2019. During the band’s first steps, they used to be compared with bands such as Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, even with Grizzly Bear from New York.