Local Natives

Collective Concerts Presents

Local Natives

Superhumanoids

Thu, March 28, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Phoenix Concert Theatre

Toronto, Ontario

$21.50

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This event is 19 and over

This show has been moved from the Opera House to the Phoenix Concert Theatre. All tickets are valid. www.collectiveconcerts.com

Local Natives
Local Natives
Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Theirs are songs you can dance to almost as well as you can swoon to them. Drawing a line from the vocal stylings of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Zombies through the more esoteric edges of post-punk and Afro-beat, this California five piece have communally crafted a brand of indie rock all their own.

For Local Natives everything is a collaboration, from song writing duties to the band's self produced artwork. The three part harmonies come courtesy of keyboardist Kelcey Ayer, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice. Then there's Matt Frazier on drums and Andy Hamm on bass, who look after the band's equally impressive graphics and artwork.

One of SXSW 2009's biggest success stories, the band drove for two days to get from Los Angeles to Austin in order to play nine spectacular shows that saw them sprinting, instruments in hand, from one gig to the next. Their hectic schedule paid off as Local Natives left Austin with the attention of the UK music Industry.

Based in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, three of the five-piece originally hail from Orange County. Kelcey, Ryan and Taylor attended neighboring high schools and hooked up with bassist Andy a year after they graduated, later meeting drummer Matt. They've been playing – and evolving - together for three years. Last year, however, the band realized that the new songs they were writing were the sounds of a new project entirely.

It was in December 2008 that the band decamped to Silver Lake, where they all live in the same house. But the Silver Lake digs isn't the first house the band have shared. They lived together in Orange County too, in a place affectionately known as Gorilla Manor. "It was insanely messy and there were always friends over knocking around on guitars or our thrift store piano," says Ryan, "it was an incredible experience and I'll never forget that time." The original Gorilla Manor, where the band wrote the majority of their record, had such an impact that the band has paid tribute to the house by naming their debut album in its honor.

The self-funded Gorilla Manor was recorded by Raymond Richards in West Los Angeles at his own Red Rockets Glare Studio.

Featuring twelve sumptuous slices of dappled California sunlight and beguiling percussive rhythms, the album kicks off with the moody, driving, 'Wide Eyes'. Says Ryan, "It's about people's obsession with the miraculous and disastrous…with witnessing extraordinary events". The effervescent, mandolin boasting 'Airplanes' follows, which Kelcey explains is about "longing to have met my grandfather, a great man and pilot, who died before I was born." Also included is the glorious 'Sun Hands', which was released as a limited edition single on Chess Club back in July. According to Taylor, the lyrics describe "that all too familiar feeling of wanting what you can't have – especially when you once had it." There's a cover version in the mix too, a barely recognizable version of Talking Heads' 'Warning Sign'. "We've basically flipped the song on its head," says Matt, explaining how they switched David Byrne's original yelped vocals into a beautiful three-part harmony.
Superhumanoids
Superhumanoids
SUPERHUMANOIDS - POP FROM SPACE
Words by Chris Zeigler

SUPERHUMANOIDS

L.A.'s Superhumanoids are actually more supernatural, and not just because of their songs, which float along like ghosts while vocalist Sarah Chernoff sings things like, "Time won't wait for either of us."

They've also got an unearthly command of the powers necessary to put together a beautiful little pop song—economy, diversity, spontaneity and of course heart, if you were wondering. Their newest "Too Young For Love" single displays both boundless love for and limitless knowledge of all the different ways to sing something sad, stretching from delightfully outré melodic flourishes right out of a Siouxsie and the Banshees single to pixel-dripping digitized rhythm tracks that'd give any
subwoofer a work out. Companion track "Geri" bounces off that space-y Moog-y left-field pop sound the Rentals perfected on "Friends of P," and if you wanna hear how they make sure less is more, you can examine the way they dissolve the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" into primordial soup. When people talk about "dream pop," this is the exact thing they hope they fall asleep with.

The more you prowl through their discography, which is currently a stack of EPs and singles pointing the way to their just-about-out debut full-length Exhibitionists, the more you'll discover. Really, there's a whole world in there—from the harmonies all the way to the horizon line where everything just melts into a white light. So go toward the light.

Trust us on this one.
Venue Information:
Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1K2
http://phoenixconcerttheatre.com/