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Local Natives @ The Electric Factory with Charlotte Day Wilson.

October 26, 2016


Text and images by Sydney Schaefer.

Last month, the indie rockers of Local Natives (above) released their new highly anticipated record, Sunlit Youth, their first release since Hummingbird, which was released three years ago, in 2013.

In support of Sunlit Youth, Local Natives set out on a world tour just a few short days after the album’s release. Kicking off in Tempe, AZ last month, this must-see tour made its way across the country throughout and finally made a stop in Philadelphia last week, when the band played to a packed Electric Factory crowd.

With opening support from Charlotte Day Wilson, it was a stacked bill indeed. Playing songs off of her debut release, CDW, Wilson extremely powerful singing voice radiated throughout the venue, hooking the crowd almost instantly. The warm, twinkling lights played a perfect part into the mood of Wilson’s set, which was flawless from beginning to end.

Upon finishing her set, the crowd waited eagerly for Local Natives to take the stage. The audience erupted instantly as soon as the LA boys made their appearance. Their set began with “Past Lives,” the second song off of Sunlit Youth, followed by “Wide Eyes,” a fan favorite, which is the first song off of the band’s debut release, Gorilla Manor, released back in 2010.

The past six years have been filled with nothing less than absolutely amazing music from these guys. Energy radiated from the crowd, which was clearly felt by the band, and vice versa, resulting in a non-stop energetic set from beginning to end.

When the band finished their set with “Who Knows, Who Cares,” another song off of Gorilla Manor, the crowd just wasn’t accepting the end of this amazing show. Once the band disappeared behind the curtains of the stage, the crowd grew louder still, not letting up until Local Natives came back for a few more songs. The band reappeared on stage to play a two song encore, consisting of “Sea of Years,” the last song on Sunlit Youth and “Sun Hands,” off Gorilla Manor.


Past Lives

Wide Eyes


You & I


Mother Emanuel



Heavy Feet


Mt. Washington

Masters Dark Days


Fountain of Youth

Who Knows, Who Cares


Sea of Years

Sun Hands

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