The Native are a four piece indie band hailing from the West Country consisting of Charlie Noordeweir on vocals, Ben Andrew on guitar, Tom Booth on bass and Harry Youngs on keys.
The band first formed when members Charlie and Andrew met in secondary school and used their GCSE music classes for jamming sessions instead of coursework! The pair eventually turned those initial early ideas into a dreamy folk-facing EP that they released in the February of 2018.
Following on from this release, offers of live shows started rolling in and so the duo recruited bassist Tom and Harry on keys to complete their line up.
In July 2018, the band won the chance to support Bastille at Plymouth’s Hoe Park, and with only a handful of practices under their collective belts, the baby-faced group played to a crowd of over 8000 people.
The Native are no strangers to the scene having been championed early on in their career by their local BBC Introducing and receiving early press support from the likes of Clash, EARMILK, and This Feeling.
“The Native’s work has transformed them into one of the country’s most sought after new groups” – Clash Magazine
“Barely into their twenties, the quintet are producing tunes that are brimming with wisdom and touching on subjects that expose their talented songwriting skills” – Earmilk
“Epic Indie To Make Your Heart Swell” – This Feeling
The Native are now back with their latest song ‘All Out’ The track through it’s lyrics deals with life’s anxieties and insecurities that are faced by us all together with the overriding need that we, as humans, have to to feel like we somehow fit in. The track deals with others toxicity towards us and how we are expected to somehow conform if we are to be accepted.
It would be fair to say that “All Out” is a coming of age Ballard of sorts. It’s heart lies in its indie foundations and drums beats for which the band are known, but they’ve taken a different direction with this track and slowed the pace down by removing the heavy, sonic guitar riffs, instead opting to slow the pace and show us a different side to their repertoire. That being said the lyrics are gritty and realistic, it’s a showcase of a more mature side to this young band.
‘All Out’ was produced by John Cornfield
Listen to ‘All Out’ HERE NOW
The Native are due to embark on on a short UK tour this March as follows :
19th March 2022 – Exeter Cavern
20th March 2022 – Southampton Joiners
22nd March 2022 – London Camden Assembly
23rd March 2022 – Bristol The Louisiana
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Words by SALLY NEWMAN