THEY’RE barely into their twenties; with the ‘rona gobbling up all the live fun, they’ve yet to do any scale of national tour at all; yet with just a brace of singles under their belts, Plymothian indie rock quintet The Native seem to be on the fast track, building up a really devoted following via word of mouth and fibre optics.
We’ve covered both those singles, neither of which shied away at tackling hard-news subject matter. Their debut, “Chasing Highs”, saw soaring guitars bedded in under a sad tale of a local overdose death; then in October they proffered us the Starsailor-like melodies of “Break Away” – a lament to Brexit and its effects, particularly on their generation, who hadn’t reached majority when the vote was cast but who get all of the effects.
Today they’ve dropped their third single, “Frontline”: take a listen below. Again, it doesn’t shy away from the dark truths, documenting a tale of domestic abuse while still being an airy and bright slice of indie rock, fit for national radio A-listing.