Local Natives chronicle making of latest album in new ‘Dark Days’ video


It’s been nearly six months since the release of Local Natives’ Sunlit Youth, but the Los Angeles-based indie rockers are just getting around to taking fans behind the scenes of the recording process in the form of a video for the song “Dark Days.” The clip, which was shot by Jonathan Hyla, finds the band in full work/play mode as they traipse through Thailand, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Hawaii and Ojai, Calif. Interspersed with studio shots are slices of life from the band’s travels: feeding a mischievous monkey, floating in crystal blue waters, posing at the base of a monumental golden idol and basking in the neon glow of an aquarium fish tank.

“We tried to shake things up a lot when we were working on the record, and wanted to see what would happen if we were writing in different environments and locations,” singer and guitarist Ryan Hahn told The Fader last year. “I can point to a bunch of songs on the album that are like, ‘Oh, the guitar track is from our rehearsal space, but the drums are from Thailand. This vocal was sung into an iPhone in our hotel room,’ or whatever.”

One of the album’s standout tracks, “Dark Days” is the fifth single to be pulled from Sunlit Youth, following in the footsteps of “Past Lives,” “Villainy,” “Fountain of Youth” and “Coins.” It’s also notable for a guest vocal from Cardigans singer Nina Persson, who agreed to appear on the song despite never having crossed paths with the band before. “Dark Days” is said to be a nostalgia trip back to the band’s Southern California youth, full of sun-drenched days, swimming pools, first loves and “religious guilt” (band members have addressed their conservative Christian upbringing in previous interviews).

Local Natives embarks on a North American tour starting March 16 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, which includes both weekends at Coachella in Indio, Calif., April 15 & 22, as well as dates at Primavera Sound in Barcelona and Governor’s Ball in New York. The complete tour itinerary can be found at the band’s website.

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