Local Natives- Academy2 Sept 09October 7, 2009
I had only come across Local Natives the weekend before the gig so thankfully had checked MySpace to see that they were going to be playing Dublin in the next few days! Luckily there were still tickets left for their gig but unfortunately it was in Academy2 which doesn’t have the best sound for multifaceted bands like this seeing how its setup mostly for electronic artists.
Good crowd when I arrived and caught a couple of tunes from the first support The Shoos– not much really to be said except that they are radio friendly.
A surprise was in store when the Funeral Suits came on- pretty much the same set they had the last time I saw them but it was good to hear them again. As with the first time- its the tunes with the keyboard that really standout and the ones without are good but not spectacular. Still looking forward to some new tunes by them.
Was surprised as well to hear Wintersleep on during the intermissions- always a good sign I think when the soundguy chooses some good tunes. Another group to catch if you can…although I won’t be shelling out the money to see them as support for Editors.
Local Natives were up and what I liked from the start was the two drummer setup- one guy fulltime at the back on a full kit and a drum with cymbal setup at the front next to the keyboardist-sweet! I always think that extra percussion can really make a live performance so much better and it was definitely the case here- they played a relatively short set of ten tunes but what tunes they were!
Not every one hit the spot but there were enough in there to showcase their harmonies, excellent percussion and an overall great vibe. Highlights for me were Cards & Quarters, Wide, Stranger, and the crowd pleaser Airplane. Above all though, Sun Hands was the standout and a great tune to end the gig with! No encore and unfortunately I was too slow to get an EP as they sold out rather quickly- had a chat with them instead and their album will be released in Europe at the end of the month. They are really sound guys and are definitely a group to catch if you can! Somehow I think we will be hearing a lot more about them in the months to come and seeing them back in Dublin fairly soon.
Full set list:
Cards & Quarters
As I don’t have the EP, have a listen to Sun Hands from the excellent Aquarium Drunkard session.