May 1, 2009

Checking in with Taylor Rice of Local Natives

Silverlake, California's Local Natives haven't released a single record and yet the unsigned band has already built a devoted following through word of mouth and social media (Twitter, blog, Myspace), packed venues at SXSW, recorded a session at Daytrotter, and scored countless favorable reviews. The reason: the vocal-driven quintet produces layers of lush harmony over sharp arrangements and tribal-influenced percussion that brings to mind a controlled and highly soothing chaos. Also, it sounds good.

Vocalist/guitarist Taylor Rice recently checked in with Everybody Taste and was kind enough to shed some light on his listening habits, touring experience in Canada, and what an Okapi is.

First song you learned to play and on what instrument?
"Iron Man" by Black Sabbath on guitar.

You're stuck on a deserted island and you only have one album. What is it?

Damn this question! Ok I choose a 4.7 GB dvd with The Beatles catalogue.

Favorite new album?
Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
Noble Beast by Andrew Bird
Actor by St Vincent

Favorite place to write music?
In the practice space with the band. It's also the most frustrating place to write music because everyone is quite opinionated, but that's how we produce the best material.

Best show so far this tour?
The absurdly named Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver, Canada hands down. A blog from up there called Winnie Cooper not only hosted the show, they provided shelter for us and our tour mates the Union Line for two nights. We even got to play street hockey with a bunch of Canadians. The show was really fun and followed by an exuberant dance party.

When can we get our hands on the record and will it be self-released?
We'll likely release the album in the fall. No exact plans yet as to how or who will release it.

If the Local Natives were an animal, what would it be?
A Okapi, which resembles a cross between a zebra, a giraffe, and an antelope. Gotta stay true to our eclecticism.

Local Natives - World News (from Gorilla Manor)

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1 comment:

  1. good Qs--an Okapi seems just about right--and awesome song. more local natives!