SXSW: Local Natives

Local Natives were just as awesome as one would expect them to be. They came onto the stage at the Mohawk at 1 a.m. and the place was packed. There was a line winding around the block outside. Many weary fans who crowded into the tiny audience area instantly gained energy as the band took the stage. With only 40 minutes to play, Local Natives played their most well-known songs, including “Airplanes,” “Wide Eyes,” “Sun Hands” and a few from their new album Hummingbird, including “You and I” and “Heavy Feet.” The audience knew every word to every song and swayed along as Local Natives delivered their famous reverb-laden harmonies and guitar riffs with exceptional quality. The harmonies were mostly spot on, and at some point in the show every member of the band played a percussion instrument, further reinforcing the band’s unique reverb-driven folk-rock. All in all, I was impressed with Local Natives. They came out with a lot of energy and delivered their songs really well. They extended a few songs and engaged the audience with some singing and clapping along. They seemed thrilled to be performing at such an intimate venue for a crowd of huge fans of their music and the joy that they seemed to experience onstage rippled out to the audience to create one of the most sincere performances I saw at SXSW.

Post by Kyle Henson. His DJ show “The Roots of Pop” airs Sundays at 6 p.m.