Published in Music Universe 21.05.13
There’s a lot to say about a band that draws a crowd made up mainly solo gig-goers. It’s a huge testament, to say the least. David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ plays behind the distinct hum of pre-show chatter while we wait for LA four-piece (plus touring bassist) Local Natives to take the stage. Groups and lone fans move in their own way to the familiar tune (or take selfies, like the couple next to me), whereas I can’t help but spend the final minutes venue gazing around the wondrous Forum Theatre. I’ve been a massive sucker for the Forum ever since I saw Stereophonics play here back in 2008 (and what a night that was). The gothic presence of the venue lingers in the form of Romanesque statues perched high around the stage - casting shadows that loom over us all.