PLYMOUTH, the city that gave us Sir Francis Drake playing bowls before nipping off to defeat the Spanish Armada, is launching a shot at our jack in the shape of new, soaring indie five-piece The Native, who are releasing their debut single “Chasing Highs” today. 

Have a listen below; it’s a big-hearted indie rocker that knows a strong vocal and a lofting, overdriven guitar are the key to many a heart. 

They’ve been slowly building a fanbase down in the Devonian port over the past year or so. The live scene is, of course, in abeyance for the time being; but I reckon they’ll be a blast when it returns.

“Chasing Highs” looks at the bleaker side of the drug experience – it’s about a local lass who died from an OD. 

“You don’t often hear about events like this happening in our home town, especially with someone at such a young age” explains frontman and guitarist Charlie Noordewier. 

“It really highlighted to us how a lot of the younger generation aren’t properly educated on these issues and how easy it is for someone so young to do something without thinking about the consequences”.

The single is the first taster from the long hours they put in the studio just before lockdown. If you have an ear for the anthemic indie of Catfish & The Bottlemen, early Ride, even The War On Drugs, The Native could be the ticket to the seaside for you. Expect to hear more of them as 2020 flicks into what will hopefully be a brighter 2021.

The five – Charlie, lead guitarist Ben Andrew, bassist Tom Booth, keys and synths man Harry Youngs and drummer Max Williams – had to pull their debut London showcase at The Fiddler in Kilburn because of y’know, it; it’s been rescheduled for  February 17th next year. It had sold out, but seek ye any ticket returns to be on the ground floor for a young Devon band toting big sounds.

You can follow The Native on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their own website.