The Locals are an alt-pop, indie-rock trio from Chicago who are steadily winning fans and devotees with their latest EP "SALT".
Fronted by singer and songwriter Yvonne Doll, the Locals have been a part of the Chicago music scene for the last decade. They have played extensively in the Midwest, and recently completed their first UK tour (2011) .
"SALT" is the Locals' fifth studio effort is unapologetically guitar heavy alt-pop. Think meet The Pixies meet the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Breeders. Doll's distinct and powerful vocals cut confidently through the band, becoming the perfect compliment to the always solid, sometimes frenzied rhythm section of Nunes and Oedering.
"SALT" was produced, recorded and mixed by Steven Gillis (Filter).
Yvonne Doll grew up in Cincinnati, OH but made her way to Chicago to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photographs of people sleeping has garnered international recognition. Sleepyurbanite.com was featured on the Today Show, Newstalk Radio (Ireland) and a spread in the French pop culture magazine "Vox Pop". Yvonne was recently featured in Guitar World Magazine's "Ten Female Guitarists You Should Know", and was awarded a Dean Markely Schloarship.
Christy Nunes began playing professionally at the age of 14. She hails from San Diego, from where people still hail. She has played in a diverse assortment of bands over the years and brings an element of each to The Locals(R) - funk, rock, punk, acoustic and classical/jazz. Nunes is also a photographer and knife wielding maniac. She once shoved a kid during a job as the Chuck E. Cheese mascot.
Tommy Oedering is the newest addition to The Locals. A skilled drum-smith (that's a real thing), he recently migrate to Chicago from Springfield, MO to make drums for Chicago Custom Percussion. Tommy has been playing and touring relentlessly over the past five years.
What people are saying about "SALT"
"Rounding out the EP are Everything Must Go and Away From Here, two songs that truly highlight Doll’s smooth voice and vocal range. Singing about the “shoulda, woulda, couldas” on Away From Here, Doll proves she has the alt-rock style of singers like Karen O, but also exhibits a unique blend of sultry sounds that definitely sets her apart and makes this track noteworthy.
With a blend of old and new sounds and lyrics about letting go, the songs on “Salt” prove to be worthy contenders for Chicago indie anthems of summer ‘10...." Time Out
"A polished rock sound..." Featured on New Music Tuesday - Afterellen.com
"The chorus to 'Away From Here' is epic" MTV via Twitter
"The Locals never cease to thrill me. I mean really, how many bands do you know like this?They manage to walk the fine line between girl rock and raw, hyper-fueled, power pop and they do it with such finesse" Loveshackbaby.net
"The sound is bright, breezy and poppy on the surface, and under laid by a tight punk-rock-orientated rhythm section. It’s upbeat, accessible stuff, but there’s still enough grit.." Rockrealms.com
“The EP ‘SALT’ will have listeners craving more than four exceptionally crafted songs….” — Rock Wired Magazine
"I feel that The Locals light up each track on 'Salt' with an energy that parallels that of early punk artists" ---- Nufutur.com
“I simply love the style The Locals provide on Salt because it seems to be music that pushes along consistently while never letting up..."----Skope Magazine