Natives have come a long way, their latest release ‘Stop the Rain’ reveals just how far the journey has brought them.

Back when I first saw them play, they were ‘Not Advised’, an emphatically catchy rock band. Playing at Slam Dunk 2011, on a stage that later that evening would be headlined by 3Oh!3… that long ago.

4 jolly lads from the New Forest, continually developing and rediscovering their love of music. Underneath the progression of their musical style and successes, there will always be the ethos of togetherness, championing their growth.

Throughout their debut album “Indoor War”, positivity never wavers a collection of toe-tapping sing alongs, that will make you eager to experience it live.

Now, after a quiet year or two, we get a glimpse of things to come. Summed in the bands Facebook info:

“Tribal Pop band from The New Forest, UK. Ready to emerge with something new.”

Check out the latest release “Stop the Rain”

The new video for ‘Stop the Rain’ gives fans an insight into the personal journey the band have taken. Shot in Morocco, where the band say the inspiration for the song came from, the band detail their adventure for us.

“There’s a lot of negativity and Xenophobia in the world at the moment so It feels like the perfect time to share a positive story about mixing with other cultures…

Our love for percussion led us to Morocco, a muslim country where the Arabic East meets sub-Saharan Africa. We instantly fell in love with the rhythm of the place, from the main squares to the mountains, everything had a beat. We met Berbers in Agadir, where drumming circles are a part of everyday social life and were captivated by the way rhythm was used to bring people together and tell stories. This idea, coupled with the welcoming warmth of the culture formed the heart and soul of Stop The Rain.

The people we met couldn’t have made us feel more welcome, we were repeatedly invited to play music with locals who were keen to pass on their techniques and knowledge and often invited us into their homes to share stories. It was a life-changing experience for us and completely reinforced our outlook on community, culture and the world.”

Both “Chasing Lions” and “Stop the Rain” can be described aptly, as said by the band, as Tribal Pop. Perhaps suggesting that a new album full of more exciting and culturally diverse music is on its way.

So far we have more questions than answers, I guess we’ll have to be patient.


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