Explore Issue 01 of LOOP Magazine

Featuring Sam Tompkins and Victor Ray as our cover stars, as well as internal spreads from Girli, Jords, Mysie, Finn Askew, Kara Marni and Master Peace

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Spotlight | The Native

With triumphant riffs, and a mix of anthemic and melancholic melodies, their songs will get in your head and have you singing in the shower, practising for festival season! The band might be young, but they are not one to shy away from tackling  important topics head-on in their lyrics. In some of their previous songs, they address topics such as abusive relationships (in their song “Frontline”), the difficulties musicians have in accepting Brexit (in the song “Break Away”), and their song “Chasing Highs” paid tribute to a local schoolgirl of theirs who tragically died as a result of drugs.

Their latest single, “In My Mind”, taken off their latest EP of the same name, is more light-hearted than some of their earlier releases in terms of subject matter, but still manages to pack a punch. A euphoric, indie belter that captures the nostalgic feeling many people are having, looking back at the memories of fun, drunken nights before the pandemic struck. The song and their sound as a whole shares some similarities to indie rockers, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Since they burst onto the scene, they have managed to receive coverage from a number of high profile publications such as Clash Magazine and Earmilk to name a few. They were also named as BBC Introducing South West Artist of the Week at the end of last year and have supported bands such as Larkins and Bastille.

These guys are showing no signs of slowing down and have got a bunch of shows lined up for the rest of the year. So, if you like what you hear, you can catch them performing their headline show at Plymouth Pavilions, and they will also be performing at the festivals Rock Oyster and Boardmasters.

Words by Jack Shephard

Posted On 3 October, 2022