Kelcey Ayer was trying to find a quiet spot in a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, when he wandered into a dark room. “It’s very scary,” he said, “It’s a coat room, there’s no light though. It’s pitch black and I’m wondering if I can still do an interview without getting creeped out.”
Ayer and his bandmates in Local Natives — Taylor Rice, Ryan Hahn and Matt Frazier — were making their way through Europe, and toward Austin for South by Southwest, as part of the beginning of a tour in support of Local Natives’ second album, “Hummingbird.” At the moment they were battling illness in the European winter. “If one guy gets something, you’re (expletive), there’s no escape.”
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1 a.m. Wednesday at Lustre Pearl and 1 a.m. Thursday at Mohawk outside.