Local Natives Take a Big Step Forward With a Homecoming Show

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Brian Sheffield
A nap before the show, perhaps?
When Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn and Matt Frazier first moved into their Silver Lake house to record Local Natives' debut album Gorilla Manor, the idea that'd they could one day be prepping for a headlining show at the Greek Theatre just a few miles up the road felt about as likely as winning the Lotto. As one might expect, it still feels that way, even though they're barely 24 hours away from doing it.

"I don't think any of us expected to play there," Hahn admits. "It's definitely one of those places that just seemed out of reach."

Five years and two albums since they relocated to LA from their native Mission Viejo, Local Natives will walk out on stage at the historic Hollywood amphitheater unleashing their salvo of air-tight vocal harmonies along with the saccharine concoction of layered guitar, polyrhythms and foot stomping that made them famous. With the release of their well-received 2013 sophomore effort Hummingbird at their back, a homecoming show for OC and LA fans is certainly in order.

"It's definitely an incredible kind of milestone for us," Hahn says of Friday's gig that includes dream poppers Wild Nothing as the opener.

It will not only be a milestone for the band, but also a personal one for Hahn, who has never even stepped foot inside the Greek.

Soon enough, Hahn will be able to say he has performed at two of the most distinguished venues in Southern California after playing the Walt Disney Concert Hall with members of the L.A. Philharmonic almost two years ago.

But at this point, Local Natives aren't new to large crowds like the one it can expect at the Greek. The quartet that's now touring with bassist Nik Ewing has hit just about every big U.S. festival this year, whether it's been performing during sunset at Coachella, a first-time showing at Bonnaroo or a Saturday afternoon slot at Lollapalooza. Along the way, opening slots for indie giants like Arcade Fire and The National have been an added perk of their recent success. The latter of the two ultimately sparked an opportunity to work with Aaron Dessner on Hummingbird.

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