I was supposed to see Local Natives back when they were playing Union Transfer, but I waited too long to buy tickets and the scalped ones were way too overpriced. I shook it off, having a passing familiarity with the material, I thought “how good could they be?” Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Taylor, Kelcey, Ryan, Matt, and Nik exploded at the Electric Factory on Saturday night. Each member was equally invested in the performance, jumping and hollering around the stage (at least as much as their equipment will allow) and bringing the crowd to a renewed fervor with each individual song. They took each song to 11, adding a extra notch and bringing to life the studio recordings.
Even the slower tracks like “Who Knows, Who Cares,” which closed out the main set, felt injected with a rush that doesn’t exist on tape. During a set that hit on most of the tracks from their new album Hummingbird and their debut Gorilla Manor, the audience tried their best to keep up with them, and even towards the end, as I sipped on some cold water in the back (it gets hot in there), all I could see was dancing.