“We wrote and recorded Reverie during an incredibly confusing and challenging time in this country. As we worked through a mixture of emotions, a lot of that found its way onto this record. Reverie reflects our anxiety and frustration, but still seeks to be hopeful and triumphant. We hope it connects.” – The Local vocalist/guitarist Ben Sweet
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The Local’s new EP Reverie (listen below), which is scheduled to be officially released on May 18, 2018. You can purchase the EP here.
May 26 – Pittsburgh, PA at Howler’s
About the band:
The Local are a powerful indie rock band whose combination of throwback punk influences, infused with sweeping atmospheric arrangements resemble something the band’s producer Brian McTear (War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks, Matt Pond PA, Local Natives) describes as My Bloody Valentine meets Spoon meets Ennio Morricone.
The Local was formed after Dean Henry, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, met Jenny Reilly, aPittsburgh native while she was visiting the Country. The two were married and moved to Pittsburgh, where Henry met Ben Sweet. Sweet, also a Pittsburgh native, became determined to teach himself guitar following a recent Type I diabetes diagnosis.
Henry and Sweet discovered their mutual affection for bands such as The Jam, The Clash, The Replacements and The Pixies. Sweet encouraged Henry to begin writing their own songs. Henry merged his Irish punk rock influences with Sweet’s folk melodies and introspective lyrics and The Local was born. The two began writing thesongs which form the nucleus of their debut EP Reverie which was recorded with McTear at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia, and features Jenny Henry on bass guitar and friend Pat Berkery (The War on Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!) on drums.
Since completing the record, the band has added keyboardist Eric Matlock (Jellybread) and percussionist/multi-
Top photo by Kristi Jan Hoover