PREVIEW: Native People @ Komedia, 15/11/2016

The Verse’s Nanette Hewitt tells us what she thinks about up-and-coming electric four piece Native People ahead of their show at Brighton’ Komedia on Tuesday 15th November.

This year has been an epic whirlwind of success for Native People. Their infectious track Call Me hitting top 10 of Spotify’s viral chart, playing Club NME at London’s KOKO and also their first international gig at Summer Sounds festival in Bremen, Germany.

Playing Brighton’s Komedia on November 15th halfway through their headline tour, the band’s exciting new release Figure It Out hit our sound waves this week. With previous celebrated singles Calm Forever and Don’t Save Me being named track of the day by BBC Introducing, their future seems promising.

Originating from Folkestone, frontman Reuben Todd on guitar/vocals, Connor Tagg on drums, Hudd Smith on guitar and Luke Cowie on Bass form the make-up of Native People. Having been touring since 2013 they are bound to bring a finely-tuned performance to Brighton.

But what is their sound? Fresh and youthful, the quartet churn out ultra-modern but highly authentic indie-dance anthems. Fans of Jungle or Foster the People will celebrate this band and the similarly pulsating, optimistic beat they offer. Flavoured with a unique stylistic flow and individual edge, Native People give us an intrinsic sound, combining rhythmic transient guitar playing with impelling, eloquent lyrics.

As a result, whilst listening to Native People I was struck by the dream-like quality of their music. Full of spacious ambience, their melodies are almost spiritually expressive and certainly romantic, while maintaining a dynamic dance feel. This gives a real vibrancy and richness to their sound. Their well-crafted, wholesome unity of clarity, sincerity and tempo. Dance music that makes you feel; a perfect sound for Brighton. Be ready for a band that aligns spirit and sentiment with an oscillating, chromatic presence. Native People will make a November evening at the Komedia feel like the warm beachy days we are leaving behind.

Native People play Komedia on November 15th with local artists Episodes and KIN to support. Tickets on sale now – go here for more.

The Verse Staff

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