FROM THE NEW DELUXE EDITION OF THE ACCLAIMED ‘LOOKING BACK’ EP – LISTEN HERE
“Gargantuan in size and scale… The Native have the chops to make it.” – Gigwise
“Stellar songwriting with a fresh appeal, The Native’s work has transformed them into one of the country’s most sought after new groups.”– Clash
“An indie band for the modern ages, The Native are your up and comers with an edge.” – Earmilk
“The next indie sensations from the south of Britain.” – When The Horn Blows
The release of The Native’s ‘Looking Back’ EP delivered a succession of landmark moments for the hotly-tipped Plymouth band. After signing to This Feeling Records, their live show saw them firing into arenas across the UK and Europe with Bastille; hitting festivals such as Reading, Leeds and the Isle of Wight; and completing a storming debut TV performance on ‘Soccer AM’. Further supported by widespread acclaim plus a video play on ‘Sunday Brunch’, 2022 laid the groundwork to forecast the brightest of futures.
Having just fired into a big 2023 ahead with the release of the Deluxe Edition of the ‘Looking Back’ EP, The Native now share an energising new performance of their take on the Taylor Swift classic ‘Wildest Dreams’. It sees the quintet place their own identity on her dreamy synth-pop original, converting it into an explosive, high drama, alt-rock anthem.
The Native commented, “We all love Taylor, her songs are always playing in the van when we’re on tour and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to cover one of her songs. ‘Wildest Dreams’ is the track we always turn the volume up to when it comes on, we hope we did it justice.”
In addition to ‘Wildest Dreams’ the Deluxe Edition also adds a stripped-back acoustic version of the great Oasis b-side and ‘Royle Family’ theme song ‘Half A World Away’, which was recorded in session for XS Manchester; and a live version of ‘Time’ which was recorded during their show with Bastille at Berlin’s Verti Music Hall. Originally a standalone single from 2020, this tight-but-raw version was played in front of 4500 people – a leap beyond the scene painted by its opening lyrics: “Playing to an empty room / Empty faces looking back at you.”
The ‘Looking Back’ Deluxe Edition is completed by the previously released acoustic version of ‘Blindside’.
The Native closed 2022 with a UK headline tour, which included sold-out shows at Colours Hoxton and in their hometown of Plymouth. They’ve just confirmed their debut European headline tour, with tickets for the shows listed below available HERE. Expect more news, including summer festival plans, to follow soon.