Local Natives at Pitchfork Music Festival 2010: Live review
Photo: Chandler West
Hailing from Silverlake, California, the epicenter of hipster L.A. bands, Local Natives made a late afternoon appearance as a prelude to its sold-out after-show at Lincoln Hall.
Running into one of the band members prior to the performance, he seemed concerned that a competing Beach House set would siphon off fans from his stage. The artist's fear was in vain as a packed audience sang along to every lyric of the group's debut album, Gorilla Manor.
Launching into "Wide Eyes" and an obscure Talking Head's cover, "Warning Sign," the band appeared halfway perplexed and excited at the enormity of its fan-base. Breaking it down with an energetic piano solo during "Shapeshifter" and bringing a friend on stage to play sax on another song, the group charmed Chicago locals with both its gracious attitude and thunderous tribal beats.
As Local Natives stomped and beat its way into "Sun Hands," with fans quite literally throwing their palms towards the sky, any question of the band's ability to deliver a less than studio-perfect live show were quieted.