Mushrooms and vines: those were the things poking through cracks in the walls and crawling out from underneath the sink when Local Natives began to clear out the abandoned bungalow on Sunset that would eventually become their new studio space.
Formerly a tattoo parlor, the seemingly forsaken spot had immense potential for Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, and Matt Frazier when they did some detective work shortly after returning to Los Angeles from tour. "Basically, the landlord was this musician who came over from Ireland 15 or 20 years ago, and he owned a bunch of bars in LA," says Rice. "It didn't make sense for him to rent it, but he saw us as these musicians who could really use his help. He worked with us to clear the place out. We worked on the place for two months and completely rehabilitated it. It's not a common thing for us to be out there with power tools and 2x4s, so that was a great exercise for us to do before we got into a creative space again."More »