Native Lights are Bryce Chambers (Ester Drang) on guitar and vocals and Johnathon Ford (Unwed Sailor) on bass guitar. They are shoegaze veterans who write satisfying, sincere songs with a spaced out, layered, dreamy sound and angular, nineties guitars that would appeal to fans of My Bloody Valentine or Codeine.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 June 2015
It’s not every day that a press release openly compares a band to Dif Juz but that is just what has happened with this album by Ester Drang and Unwed Sailor folks. Opener ‘Black Wall Street’ is a bit of a mess, it’s hard to pinpoint where they are headed - the shoegaze promised on the press release isn’t really obvious to me and instead I hear a kind of blurry rock that reminds me of Bivouac and particularly Idaho. ‘Blue Star’ uses prodding guitars over which indistinct vocals are added. The chord changes have a certain enjoyable thwack and they enjoy their effects pedals more as the track wears on.
It just straddles the harder rockist edge of shoegaze, the guitars are skyscraping and dare I say U2 ish? Yet it’s quite mysterious and plaintive. Sometimes the sandy cinematic music of Scenic is brought to mind whilst ‘La Rosa’ utilises pumping bass and slashing guitars which bring to mind some kind of middle ground between Pixies and Chameleons. It sounds like a record that was written and recorded in the early ‘90’s but that will be exactly what appeals to many listeners. Our 90’s shoegaze post rock guy Ian has just begged me for the promo. He’s got it.
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