The Local Natives @ Oakland

Taylor Rice in all his Bushy Brilliance
Taylor Rice in all his Bushy Brilliance

There are too many stories of bands that fade out of sight after releasing only their first album. Some just crumble apart after their first release, never to be seen again. Others just lose their awe and, though still releasing music, are never seen as anything other than a shadow of their original release.

Hummingbird, Local Native’s second album was released only a week ago, and one of their first stops for their tour debut was close-by in downtown Oakland. I feared the worst, that they would slip into the pile of bands I once loved, especially with the “heart-breaking separation” from their bassist Andy Hamm.

However, they released their album for listening on iTunes a week before it’s release and practically sung me to ease. Well for a moment at least. That relief soon emerged into excitement as I would soon be seeing them live at Fox Theatre, with the results of that night making me even more of a fan of their music than ever before.

The concert itself was fantastic. Opening for them were the Superhumanoids, bringing with them the sound of the 80’s. I hadn’t heard of them before, and I would presume that the crowd hadn’t either. Little dancing could be seen and barely any energy could be felt. Though I’d rather not say anything against them, I was honestly just wishing The Local Natives would come on stage and bring the theatre to life, and that they did.

The moment they stepped onto the stage people screamed and raised their hands to them. I’m sure they looked at the crowd and felt things to an extent they’ve never felt before, whether it be anxiousness or excitement, because as they said, this was the largest concert they had ever held. Here in Oakland Theatre with every ticket and seat sold out.


They didn’t seem to add much variation to their songs much but they were great regardless. Their new songs, a bit more ominous than their last album Gorilla Manor, didn’t lack any of the energy that I was expecting. Though they still had a few upbeat songs, I found myself falling into their more quiet, melancholic pieces. “Ceilings” in particular entranced me. Though it was their shortest song, it had a beautiful, sweet ring to it that I only wish would have lasted longer.

You can listen to it through spotify here, down below.

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