Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Local Natives in New Video for "Dark Days"

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Local Natives  have released the music video for their song “Dark Days” off of last year’s Sunlit Youth. After quickly emerging as a fan favorite once they started touring behind the new material, “Dark Days” being chosen as deserving of its own video comes as no surprise. As the band note in a press release, when they were beginning work on Sunlit Youth they decided that rather than holing up in a “proper studio” in their hometown of L.A., they would use their recording budget “to travel and work in some beautiful locations,” which included Thailand, Malaysia, Nicaragua and London, as well as a couple spots closer to home in Ojai and Joshua Tree. The video features footage of those travels shot by the band’s friend Jonathan Hyla, who joined them on their journeys and does a great job capturing the feelings of nostalgia that lay behind the song.

The band describes “Dark Days” as being “about high school first loves and all the intensity and tension surrounding them, mixed with a little dose of religious guilt,” while noting that the title “is a bit of a misleading name” that stems from the idea that for the members of the band growing up Southern California, most days would be sunny, and so “dark days” would mean “swimming on rainy days and sneaking out to your girlfriend’s house.” If the image of the band presented in the video is a little on the romantic side, that only reflects the lens that will so often color and distort our own memories of our youth.

Watch the “Dark Days” video above. Local Natives are about to head back out on tour around the U.S. and Canada, and will be appearing at a number of festivals this summer along with a couple of co-headlining shows with Portugal the Man. All of their upcoming dates can be found below, along with their 2009 Daytrotter performance available via the Paste Cloud.

Local Natives Tour Dates:

March
16 – Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
17 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
18 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Stage AE
19 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
21 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Jefferson Theater
22 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
24 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ Haw River Ballroom
25 – Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theatre
26 – Oxford, Miss. @ The Lyric
27 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Mill & Mine
29 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
30 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theatre
31 – Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

April
01 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Pavilion
03 – Covington, Ky. @ Madison Theatre
04 – Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note
05 – Madison, Wis. @ Majestic Theatre
07 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wooly’s
08 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
11 – Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma
12 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Knitting Factory
13 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory
15 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella 
17 – San Diego, Calif. @ The North Park Theatre
19 – Pomona, Calif. @ Fox Theater
22 – Indio Calif. @ Coachella 

May
19-21 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout Music Festival
28 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Liverpool Sound City
31 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound

June
03 – New York, N.Y. @ Governor’s Ball
18 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July
28 – Berkeley, Calif. @ Greek Theatre

August
04-06 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga Music & Arts Festival