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Last night Local Natives performed ‘Past Lives’ on The Late Late Show with James Corden, their second major US TV performance in the space of a week following Conan, in which frontman Taylor Rice politicised his guitar with words “Make America (Afraid) Again”. The statement comes from the band’s latest single, ‘Fountain of Youth’, which addresses a host of political issues – from government surveillance to the idea of America’s first female President.
Local Natives’ Taylor Rice says of the current political climate: “In a time of cynicism dressed as realism, when it feels like the world might be falling apart around us, I believe there is reason to be hopeful, optimistic, and idealistic. Socially, politically and personally, I’ve felt many defeats, but come back to the realisation that this is our world to make. Consider the many victories, small and large, that have been going on around us these last couple of years. There’s a lot left to do, but we should feel hopeful that we are the ones who can do it, and we can do whatever we want.”
Sunlit Youth caps a trilogy of albums for Local Natives, which began with their 2010 breakout Gorilla Manor, followed by 2013’s Hummingbird. The band will tour extensively worldwide in support of Sunlit Youth, including select summer festivals and an autumn tour taking in the UK, Europe and the US. The band recently added some new UK dates, which you can check out below.