Local natives cover Roxy Music, Michael McDonald and more for EP

Local Natives has unveiled a new four-track EP, Music Composed by The Pen Gala 1983. It includes covers of “More Than This” by Roxy Music, “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc, “Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty and “I Keep Forgettin ‘(Every Time You’re Near) by Michael McDonald “. All songs are featured in the new Apple + TV series, The narrowing next door.

However, lending their music to the show isn’t the LA indie rockers’ only contribution to the new show – they also appear in one of the episodes. They appear as a cover band in an episode where Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell attend the titular Pen Gala, providing the music for the glitzy event where Rudd betrays Ferrell’s trust.

The narrowing next door is based on the podcast of the same name, hosted and written by Joe Nocera. Based on real events, it tells the story of Isaac “Dr. Ike” Herschkopf (played by Rudd), a psychiatrist who abused his relationships with his patients to exploit them for his personal gain. Ferrell plays Martin ‘Marty ‘Markowitz, a longtime Herschkopf patient who has been the victim of his manipulations for 30 years. The series also stars Kathryn Hahn, Casey Wilson and Cornell Womack.

The group also shared a statement on social media about their involvement in writing the project: “Seeing the film from legends Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd in person was amazing, not to mention being by their side in a few scenes. Thank you Michael Showalter for inviting us to your ’80s dream world and having us covered for Michael McDonald.

Local Natives released their most recent full album, Violet Street, in 2019. It was followed by the EP Sour lemon last year, which featured Sharon Van Etten and Kareem Ali’s “Lemon” collaboration. Most recently they released a remix of Manchester Orchestra’s “Bed Head” and collaborated with Classix on the track “Weekends”.

Buy or stream Pen Music Gala and check out the tracklist below.

1. More than that – Roxy Music Cover
2. I’m not in love – 10cc bag
3. All Along the Line – Cover by Gerry Rafferty
4. I Keep Forgettin ‘(Whenever You’re Near) – Cover by Michael McDonald

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