Dead Natives Music Review – Luxuriant Melancholy | Krazed Music
I was going to review “The Love I Have” for this column, but something about the music drew me towards the band’s 2015 “Smoking Gun” EP first. I wanted to find out more, there was something nagging going on musically, and vocally that I couldn’t quite pin down. All I could say for certain was that Dead Natives could only have come from South of the river Thames; I didn’t even need to look at their bio to be able to tell you that, it’s more a matter of atmosphere than accent. It was the final track on the EP, “In Spite of the Rain“, that clinched it for me.
As soon as the band’s singer, Liam Dutch, phrased the words “By your side” on the song, I’d nailed it. The Only Ones.
The Only Ones, for those who don’t know about these things, were the best non-Punk band the original punk era ever produced, and the band who, for reasons that I won’t go into here, were – literally – used as a ‘How Not to Succeed in the Music Business’ example by nervous A&R people for about twenty years after their messy, catatonic train-wreck of a break-up. For musicians and listeners who fall under their thrall though, they tend to be more of a lifelong obsession than a direct source of inspiration.
The Dead Natives, even if I’m dead wrong about The Only Ones’ reference, seem to fall into that same south London Doomed Romantic category. They have a certain luxuriant melancholy quality to their sound and lyrics, especially on their slower tracks: South London has more than enough squalid despair to go around – let’s hear it for luxuriant melancholy for a change…