Leo Grossman (drums), Max Hirtz-Wolf (bass, piano), Maya Laner (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), and Alex MacKay (lead vocals, guitar) released their EP, The Aldgate, back in September, and since then have been gaining momentum in the blogosphere (which can be a pretty competitive space!). It's no surprise why -- Local Hero's songs are nostalgic yet deliciously upbeat folk pop, the kind of music that sometimes even the most talented of artists can never master. But Local Hero is getting it right. Not to mention, all of the band members are under the age of 20 and they are already being compared to Fleet Foxes, Girls, Local Natives, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend.
Their new single, "Lady Wisconsin," is lovely in its simplicity, with a harmonious collection of guitars, pared down drums, piano, and even an accordion. The song is broken up nicely with bursts of frolicking guitar, and the lyrics conjure images of new love, lost love, and all those feelings in between. You'll want to put "Lady Wisconsin" on repeat, I guarantee you.
I think I speak for most listeners when I say that Local Hero is bursting with talent. I'm excited for their full-length -- they're an artist to watch in 2012, that's for damn sure.
San Francisco Bay Area folks, you can catch them this Thursday at the New Parish over in the East Bay.