Saturday, 24 May 2014

Natives At The Electric Circus

     I don't think I've ever named a post so literally, yet still have it sound so quirky and wonderful. Anyway, Natives are a band I went to see in concert at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh the other night.

    First up were two support acts, neither of which I'd heard of before but I was pleasantly surprised by both. Yew's music was relaxed and a little folksy - that sort of singer/songwriter/guitarist sound - , and I was highly impressed with his pedal work to create layers of accompaniment. We Found Out were more pop-punk, and while their sound was similar to many other acts around at the moment, they put plenty of energy into their performance.


Yew
We Found Out
     Natives were clearly a step up from the support acts however, and put on a great show. The venue was the smallest I've ever been too, which made the gig feel very intimate, especially when the band were wandering through the room while setting up. I was disappointed in the crowd though, as although everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, the small numbers meant no one really got moving around, so the atmosphere was lacking a little.

Natives

     This didn't seem to deter the band however, who gave it their all regardless. The small stage meant there was no staging or effects, but I don't mind this as it keeps the focus on the music. However, I did like how the multi-coloured lighting created an effect reminiscent of the 'Indoor War' album cover. They played the majority of their debut album (which I have already reviewed here), an upbeat & bouncy selection of songs that always have me tapping my feet, and sounded excellent live. There was also a fun percussion section thrown in, to keep things interesting.







     I took a friend with me to this show, who had never heard the band's music before, which can be a risk as I wanted her to enjoy the evening. However, I was thrilled when she wound up loving every second of the show, and declared it to be one of the best she'd been to (and she's been to a lot!). We both agreed that despite the disappointing crowd atmosphere, the band sounded fantastic and certainly have the potential to go on to bigger and better things.

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