Posted in music | pictures on May 10, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Local Natives
Local Natives

Both [Local Natives & Suckers] played music from their debut albums, on the Frenchkiss label. Between them there were three-part vocal harmonies, clear-pinging guitars, repurposed dance rhythm. There was electronic geekery and lyrical vagary, and drums pounded by someone other than the drummer. There was a Talking Heads tune, a trumpet, an occasional augment of strings. There was a makeshift cape and memorable facial hair.

Local Natives has two appealing lead singers, the guitarist Taylor Rice (mustache) and the keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (beard). Another guitarist, Ryan Hahn, completes those three-part harmonies, which have earned the band a lot of reflexive comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. But "Gorilla Manor," the band's impressively sure-footed first outing, involves more driving rhythm than either of those other bands typically employs. The show made this distinction even clearer. [NY Times]

When Local Natives covered of "Warning Sign" at their second Bowery Ballroom show, they made sure to give a shout out to Talking Heads and David Byrne (who could be seen in front row of the balcony nodding along).

Local Natives and Suckers tour together through May. This summer, Local Natives will play an August 7th show on Governors Island.

Suckers have a few big NYC shows coming up: they play their own record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 18th, and then play Prospect Park Bandshell with Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club on June 29th and Governors Island with those same bands and We Were Promised Jetpacks on June 30th.

More pictures from Local Natives/Suckers' Friday, May 7th Bowery Ballroom show (they played the same venue the night before too) and Local Natives' new video for "World News" are below...

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The also just made their late night debut on Craig Ferguson.

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Comments (16)

i just say, suckers look like one of the most annoying bands. Not sure what they sound like tho...just look like total d bags

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:43 PM

Really great show. I also agree that the Fleet Foxes/Grizzly Bear comparisons are a little unfair. Sure they have some great harmonies, but that doesn't automatically lump them in with every other band who has had multiple singers. I think, and fully support, that these guys are going to continue to get huge throughout the summer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:48 PM

Suckers definitely gave off the vibe that they're trying too hard. Can't say that their music was anywhere near interesting enough to justify them being weird for the sake of being weird

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:50 PM

Suckers basically...well...suck! A big miss for French Kiss on this one!

Posted by anon | May 10, 2010 3:55 PM

the real Suckers are Local Natives fans

Posted by see what I did there | May 10, 2010 4:01 PM

Wow. Local Natives are terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:10 PM

this bores me

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:17 PM

i like suckers. good multi instrumentalist live set.

Posted by annie momus | May 10, 2010 4:31 PM

why are people falling for this Industry fabricated band?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 5:15 PM

I prefer my bands 5th generation copies

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 5:30 PM

nice crowd pics dick

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 6:25 PM

Great show Local Natives.

Bowery Ballroom continues to be one of the best venues in nyc.

Posted by GW | May 10, 2010 7:15 PM

Ahem, sorry but Local Natives are not industry fabricated. They have been toughing it for a while and have been committed to focusing on their craft. Something you haters would know very little about....

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2010 7:25 AM

I love suckers

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2010 2:58 PM

I LOVE THEM

Posted by GRACE | May 11, 2010 6:59 PM

nothing upsets a bv commenter more than a successful band that is actually good

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2010 7:05 PM

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