Local Natives (formerly named Cavil At Rest) could simply be described as “what the game’s been missing.” They released Gorilla Manor in 2009, coming at the heels of 3 years of amazing indie releases from bands like Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Band of Horses, and Fleet Foxes, and blended their sounds into one enjoyable whole. Maybe less obvious is their lyrical imagery influenced by Death Cab For Cutie’s simple but effective songwriting. Take a song like World News, where the only thing the song is about is a boring drive home. (“You don’t like anything on local radio, so you fumble around till you land of NPR, and listen to world news.”) What’s even more surprising then, is on their best days as Cavil At Rest, they were mining the sounds of Minus The Bear (!).
Long story short: one of the best “new” bands to come out in recent memory, and they deserve a lot of attention.