Dead Natives are a four piece garage rock band hailing from Horley, Surrey. Initially the solo project of singer/guitarist Liam Dutch, the lone guitarist laid the foundations for a band setup, recruiting Callum Greig on lead guitar, Charlie Mason on bass and Nick Lemon on drums in January 2015. The following months saw the band go under a re-branding, ditching their folk rock origins, along with the Black Sails name, in order to pursue a more aggressive sound.
After problems during their first attempt at recording their debut EP in May, Dead Natives decided to suspend recording until October, opting to go out on the road instead. During this time, they played a number of venues including Scream Lounge, Fiddlers Elbow, The Workshop and The Alleykat as well as plying their trade at house parties.
In October 2015, Dead Natives returned to the studio for a second attempt at their debut, this time with Jenson Tagg as producer. All three tracks for the “Smoking Gun” EP were recorded in the space of 24 hours, the record itself being released a couple of weeks later in November. Since the release, it’s been somewhat of an upward trajectory for the band, playing venues such as Sebright Arms, Tottenham Chances Club and The Lexington as well as receiving airplay from BBC Introducing.
Recently, the focus has been on gigging, with a preference for DIY, working closely with another Surrey band in Ocean Delay. The first DIY show was a memorable night headlining the eccentric Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton (29th Jan). Next up, they will be hosting an evening at the Lincoln Arms in Dorking (13th Feb) as main support for Ocean Delay. After the completion of gig commitments, Dead Natives will be returning to the studio in March to complete work on their self-titled second EP, due for release in April.