SHARE THEIR TAKE ON TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘WILDEST DREAMS’
FROM THE NEW DELUXE EDITION OF THE ACCLAIMED ‘LOOKING BACK’ EP
The release of The Native’s ‘Looking Back’ EP delivered a succession of landmark moments for the hotly-tipped Plymouth band. After signing to This Feeling Records, their live show saw them firing into arenas across the UK and Europe with Bastille; hitting festivals such as Reading, Leeds and the Isle of Wight; and completing a storming debut TV performance on ‘Soccer AM’. Further supported by widespread acclaim plus a video play on ‘Sunday Brunch’, 2022 laid the groundwork to forecast the brightest of futures.
Having just fired into a big 2023 ahead with the release of the Deluxe Edition of the ‘Looking Back’ EP, The Native now share an energising new performance of their take on the Taylor Swift classic ‘Wildest Dreams’. It sees the quintet place their own identity on her dreamy synth-pop original, converting it into an explosive, high drama, alt-rock anthem.
The Native commented, “We all love Taylor, her songs are always playing in the van when we’re on tour and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to cover one of her songs. ‘Wildest Dreams’ is the track we always turn the volume up to when it comes on, we hope we did it justice.”
In addition to ‘Wildest Dreams’ the Deluxe Edition also adds a stripped-back acoustic version of the great Oasis b-side and ‘Royle Family’ theme song ‘Half A World Away’, which was recorded in session for XS Manchester; and a live version of ‘Time’ which was recorded during their show with Bastille at Berlin’s Verti Music Hall. Originally a standalone single from 2020, this tight-but-raw version was played in front of 4500 people – a leap beyond the scene painted by its opening lyrics: “Playing to an empty room / Empty faces looking back at you.”
The ‘Looking Back’ Deluxe Edition is completed by the previously released acoustic version of ‘Blindside’.
The Native closed 2022 with a UK headline tour, which included sold-out shows at Colours Hoxton and in their hometown of Plymouth. They’ve just confirmed their debut European headline tour, with tickets for the shows listed below available HERE. Expect more news, including summer festival plans, to follow soon.
27th – Brussels, Botanique (Witloof Bar)
29th – Berlin, Privatbar
30th – Cologne, Blue Shell
31st – Amsterdam, Melkweg Up
1st – Paris, Pop Up Du Label
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.