Shortly after solidifying its lineup, the members of the indie rock group Local Natives all moved into a house together in Los Angeles. Soon the group started recording its debut album. The communal living arrangements served as somewhat of an inspiration for the group, and coexisting in such close proximity to one another and sharing emotional highs as well as lows helped mold the LP into what it ended up becoming. Dubbed Gorilla Manor - the nickname of the house they all shared - the 2009 LP helped build some positive buzz for the group, and during 2010's South by Southwest music fest, several critics noted similarities to groups like Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend - one writer even called Local Natives "a sort of West Coast Grizzly Bear." Having since grown into itself, releasing 2013's well received Hummingbird in addition to maintaining a busy touring regime, the group has proven itself as one of the more memorable indie acts of its generation.
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