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WHEN & WHERE
Monday, 22nd July – The Tuning Fork, Auckland
on sale now!
The Tuning Fork share exciting news today. Indie-rock-5-piece, Local Natives are coming to New Zealand for one show at the Tuning Fork in Auckland on July 22nd. This show is a part of their Spiral Choir tour will see the band perform across America, Europe, UK and Australia.
On April 26th, the LA-based band shared their hotly anticipated fourth record Violet Street, the first in four years since Sunlit Youth. DIY Mag described it as being “a tale of affection deeply rooted in the realism of live, not just in romance but in life.”
About Violet Street:
Face-to-face songwriting and musical interplay put to tape: the classic studio setting is juxtaposed on Local Natives’ fourth full-lenght, Violet Street [Loma Vista Recordings] with modern production and visuals to form a timeless album. The band’s signature soaring 3-part harmonies are augmented by loops of tape, physically spliced and transformed by hand, the result of experimenting in the studio with producer Shawn Evertt [Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs] is a band renewed.
In essence, Local Natives [Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keys) Ryan Hahn (vocals, guitar), Matt Frazier (drums), and Nik Ewing (vocals, bass, keys)] return to the methods of their 2009 debut Gorilla Manor, but with the bonds of their union fortified and with the growth of wisdom accrued in the studio and on stage in front of millions of worldwide fans.
“The record is about us reconnecting to playing off of each other,” states Taylor. “We didn’t go into separate corners, produce our own songs, and bring them to the group. Back when we made Gorilla Manor, we lived together in one house and made a frantically creative environment. This time, we were in a massive warehouse with Shawn, jamming, and relying on each other often until three or four in the morning for several nights straight. It was fun but also pushed us to outdo each other. We got back to our strengths. We’ve always been super collaborative and democratic, as we have three songwriters and singers, and all five of us have a lot of creative input. This was the most collaborative and open we’ve been though. We were raw and vulnerable. It’s the first time we didn’t do any pre-production, we went in and built the record out of nothing,”
In many ways, all paths converged upon Violet Street. Prior, the group progressed their sound over the course of three full-lengths, the aforementioned Gorilla Manor, Hummingbird (2013) and, most recently, Sunlit Youth (2016). The latter received praise from The Fader, Consequence of South, The Guardian, and more as ‘Dark Days’ exceeded 45million Spotify streams followed by ‘Coins‘ with 23million Spotify streams. In between countless sold-out shows and festival appearance – including a standout Coachella 2017 set – they’ve graced the stages of Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show With James Corden, and more. And they tested new sonic waters, recording a cover of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam which Complex called “beautiful.”