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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 IntroducingVocalist Charlie Noordewier demonstrated countless times his stunning vocal ability and lyrically the band are years ahead of their time.

The set featured many songs from their last two EP’s with new single ‘Changes’ which is a complete burst of indie rock perfection, ‘Fight The Feeling’ also packs one hefty punch as the blitz of sharp guitars bluster around a dreamy tune. Both tracks are personal stand out moments. Throughout the whole set there was little let up in pace with the majority of the songs demonstrating a firm grasp of melody and some pretty significant choruses.
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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. 

This band are clearly picking up pace and more fans in every city, with a good portion of attendees singing the words back and a few eagerly rushing to the stage to grab a setlist once the show had finished.
The band play a sold out Bristol tonight…

THE NATIVE LIVE 


JUNE

10th – Bristol, Louisiana (HEADLINE SHOW) 

11th – Southampton, Joiners (HEADLINE SHOW) 

16th – Isle of Wight Festival (This Feeling stage) 

JULY 

21st – Truck Festival (This Feeling stage) 

22nd – Leopallooza Festival 

23rd – Chagstock Festival 

24th – Gateways Festival 

30th – Y Not Festival (This Feeling stage) 


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