Sunday, July 24, 2022

The Native explore addiction and escapism in their latest single ’20 Something’

The Native have certainly made a name for themselves in a relatively short space of time. Having supported Bastille across their latest UK tour and signed with This Feeling Records earlier this year, their latest single ’20 Something’ is only further proof that these quintet from Plymouth isn’t going anywhere.

Dubbed ‘pop rock’, ’20 Something’ definitely takes some of its beats from some of the biggest names going - The Killers, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The 1975 are all present here in tasteful measure. Energetic, pounding drums, swirling guitars, and a catchy offbeat bass line - The Native clearly have the indie fundamentals down to a T. 

But that’s not all on display - after the hook listeners are treated to an immersive and well-balanced build before launching into a swelling instrumental perfect for late-night festival swaying.
The accompanying music video depicts lead singer Charlie Noordewier battling the isolation of being stuck in his apartment, no doubt a painful reminder of many of the hardships of the previous year. An appropriate visual given the song’s subject matter; addiction, escapism, and downward spirals.

Lead singer Charlie Noordewier boasts a vocal delivery that somehow finds itself between P!nk in her more intimate moments and Brandon Flowers of The Killers, gritty but restrained. Combined with the instrumental talents of his capable compatriots, ’20 Something’ reveals a band with a lot of potential, well on their way to stardom.

Ashley Garrod
Image: ’20 Something’ Official Single Cover

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