Combining popular trends in music seems as easy as mixing chocolate and peanut butter, yet few bands are able to do it well.
Local Natives is one of those rare successes, building a large fan base by merging two of the most popular recent trends in indie rock — Vampire Weekend-style Afro-pop and beautiful harmonies in the style of Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes.
amNewYork spoke with singer-guitarist Taylor Rice as the band entered the home stretch of a two-year tour.
Your first album, “Gorilla Manor,” has been out for a year. Are you working on something new?
We have seeds of songs, but because we’ve been on the road so much, we haven’t had a chance to finish them.
Are there any things you plan to do differently this time?
On the first album, we were still learning how to be musicians and how to be in a band together. When I look back, it blows my mind how many things have changed. Another factor is that we had no money then. We’re looking forward to having more tools to experiment with in the studio this time.
Where did you get your love of harmonies?
When I was a teenager, I was into music that was aggressive and guitar-based. In college, I rediscovered bands like the Beach Boys or the Zombies and realized how deep that music is. When you’re young, you think it’s your parents’ music. Then you grow up and realize it’s just great music.
If you go: Local Natives will be Webster Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 125 E. 11th St., 212-353- 1600. $20