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Kelcey, Ryan, and Nik of L.A.-based band Local Natives visited Salt Lake last week for the Twilight Concert Series. They sat down with Richie on a big inflatable couch backstage and recounted their failure of a first show in Utah back in 2006, why they treat Nik "The New Guy" like a second-class citizen in their band (they're joking, don't worry), and how they came to be the hardest working band of 2013 (according to a study by SongKick).
Kelcey, Ryan, Nik
--- First Show in Utah ---
Kelcey: The first time we ever played in Utah was in Provo at some tiny, tiny club and the promoter forgot we were playing. Somehow we show up, there’s nobody there.
Ryan: Doors are locked.
Kelcey: We get somebody’s number and he’s like, “Oh $%*#!” He’s calling his friends trying to figure out how to make the show happen…I think that was 2006.
--- Band Formation ---
Ryan: Taylor and I met in junior high and then we met Kelcey in high school and so we kinda started the band then…and really started getting serious about it in college and that’s about the time we met Matt. And a few years ago we actually met Nik, and he’s the newest member. He’s the new guy.
Nik: I still don’t fit in.
Ryan: He’s still being hazed.
Kelcey: We definitely make him feel like a second-class citizen.
Ryan: He’s sitting the farthest away from you.
Kelcey: Yeah he wasn’t there, he’s just gotta deal with that, you know? This is what he signed up for and he’s gonna get it.
Nik: I think I have four more years before they’ll call me by my first name.
Kelcey: I’ll never accept you.
--- Hardest Working Band of 2013 ---
Nik: We sadly know that statistic.
Ryan: We thought that’s what everyone did. We thought everyone was just like, you say yes to everything. You just play as many shows as you can before you fall down. It’s nice to realize that that was an insane amount of shows.
Kelcey: It kind of justifies us feeling tired.
Ryan: Yeah, we were all falling apart.
Nik: Granted also, the album came out in January. If someone’s album came out in March, we already had a 2-month head start on them.
Ryan: Getting all technical with it.
Kelcey: Don’t sugarcoat it man!
--- Writing for Album 3 ---
Kelcey: We’re transition in to that [writing]. So we’re doing a bunch of festivals and in between we’re trying to get a new practice space set up in L.A. and trying to make the hard transition in to saying no to shows and actually start writing and stuff. We’re obviously very bad at saying no. That’s our issue that’s holding us back.
--- Living and Writing Together ---
Kelcey: With this last album, Hummingbird, we ended up living together for a couple months, just kinda working out the end of the record, and that was nice. I think we got to rediscover an energy where, like Ryan said – being in the same house, living and breathing and sleeping. This music – I think it really benefits our process. I think maybe at one point we may be together in one place.