The Native are a well-established five-piece from Plymouth. On their first headline UK tour, they arrive at the basement of YES in Manchester. Sophie Lidyard was there.
Last night it was a warm Tuesday as I headed over to Yes Basement to watch a band that I’ve been hearing a lot about, The Native. Inspired by Coldplay’s anthems, the raucous anthems of Catfish and The Bottlemen, and The 1975’s genre-defying singularity, the band have toured with Bastille this year on their UK/EU tour. Word has quickly spread amongst the music scene that The Native are ones to watch.
The band were literally on fire with their show that ignited right from the start with ‘Blindside’, the first single from the bands pairing with This Feeling Records. Anthemic with crashing drums and rising guitar lines, the track teared through Yes’s basement demanding attention from the crowd that have gathered around the stage. From checking out the band before I attended the show I immediately noticed how far the bands sound has come since their first release. On listening its easy to see how the band boast radio play from John Kennedy at Radio X and BBC Music Introducing. Vocalist Charlie Noordewier demonstrated countless times his stunning vocal ability and lyrically the band are years ahead of their time.
There was nothing ordinary about this performance; it was bold, uplifting, and inspiring, and best of all it ignited an evening of feel-good shoegazed tinged Rock ‘n’ Roll, laced with a few lighter waving ballads for good measure. A rather nice touch featured singer Charlie, thanking fans for attending the show as above Easy Life were playing Yes’ Pink Room upstairs.
THE NATIVE LIVE
10th – Bristol, Louisiana (HEADLINE SHOW)
11th – Southampton, Joiners (HEADLINE SHOW)
16th – Isle of Wight Festival (This Feeling stage)
21st – Truck Festival (This Feeling stage)
22nd – Leopallooza Festival
23rd – Chagstock Festival
24th – Gateways Festival
30th – Y Not Festival (This Feeling stage)