The Locals are an alt-pop, indie-rock trio from Chicago. Fronted by singer and songwriter Yvonne Doll, co-founded by bass player Christy Nunes, 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) .
2013 brought a new release for the band and revamped line up with Tommy Oerding joining on drums. Working once again with up and coming producer, Steven Gillis at Transient Sound, "Stereostatic Funicular"(their sixth release 9.3.2013) is an exciting evolution from their breakthrough album "SALT" 2010.
The band is currently in the studio working on a new single (Release Spring 2014)
The music is bright, guitar-laiden, ultra catchy, alt-pop, that delivers tasty earbits from each song's start to finish. Fans of The Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Killers will not be dissapointed.
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.
"It’s hard not to fall for Yvonne Doll, the sexy, in-your-face badass lead singer/guitarist, and aggressively sexy bass player Christy Nunes, of The Locals.." --Shewired Magazine
"Music is like having a mean girlfriend, that is also really hot"" --Chicago Tribune Interview
"The Locals show a real knack for songwriting on Stereostatic Funicular that, when paired with the assured production and range of influences, results in something truly postmodern: something old, something new, something special." --Radio1 Blog
"Doll writes upbeat Pop Rock songs with great melodies and a dash of Punk, but it's Doll's powerful, evocative voice and guitar that sets The Locals apart" --Mike Breen, CityBeat
"If you like The Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Whigs, etc, you will surely enjoy The Locals." --Ceasar Live N Loud (Portugal)
"Yvonne Doll espouses enough restraint to allow room for listener interpretation. What you get out of it all is a feeling of pure unadulterated rock pleasure." --Selective Memory Magazine
"Their maturity and chemistry shines through on their latest EP Stereostatic Funicular. The sound on these five tracks is as fun as the name, as front-woman Yvonne Doll’s vocals sweetly soar over simple melodic riffs. " --Illinois Entertainer
"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..." --Time Out
"The chorus to 'Away From Here' is epic" --MTV via Twitter
"Obvious skill occompanied by a punky attitude" -- Guitar Player Magazine "Top Female Musicians You Should Know"
"The EP ‘SALT’ will have listeners craving more than four exceptionally crafted songs…."-- Rock Wired Magazine
"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