PLYMOUTH’S The Native may only be young – their first single, “Chasing Highs”, only came out in August gone, so their recording career is still a few weeks off its first anniversary – but from the first they’ve been unafraid to tackle the big issues in festival-ready, girlfriend on your shoulders, can in each hand, bellowing those choruses. (I know, I know. One of those components is missing … for now).
That first single took on the tragedy of a Devonian overdose in anthemic melodies; in October, “Break Away” looked at Brexit through the lense of a generation too young to vote but perhaps most saddled with the consequences. Hey you can find all our coverage of their single drops so far here.
And today they’re adding to that canon with “In My Mind”, which to these ears, with its soaring, chiming chorus, is their best yet, a product of lockdown creativity.
“We found ourselves looking back on the twists and turns of half-remembered nights out, craving them every weekend,” the band say.
You can count the musical success stories that have come out of Plymouth on one hand (I must admit I couldn’y find many, save props reserved for soundtrack composer Ron Goodwin, but that’s digging pretty deep), but The Native aren’t letting that hold them back.
“Some people think coming from Plymouth is a bad thing for your career,” says singer Charlie Noordewier. “We’re really proud to come from down here, though. We want to put Plymouth on the map with our music.”
“In My Mind” is accompanied with a video shot inside one of Plymouth’s legendary old venues (and where’s that, lads – doesn’t look like the Academy to me?). You can watch that down at the end there.
And to cap it all, The Native’s first live show in 18 months will be a hometown show at Plymouth Pavilions on July 17th. Tickets for that are available here.