It may be laborious to be in a band, or actually, in any type of group the place there’s inventive collaboration, and also you’re imagined to act prefer it’s a democracy. As a result of what do you do with an thought that you just love, if no person else believes in it? That query is an enormous a part of this episode with Native Natives.
Native Natives is a band from Southern California. Their first album got here out in 2009, however the three vocalists and songwriters within the band, Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, and Ryan Hahn – they’ve been enjoying collectively since they had been in highschool. The lineup additionally consists of Matthew Frazier on drums and Nik Ewing on bass. They’ve put out 5 albums, together with their most up-to-date, Time Will Wait For No One, which got here out in July 2023.
However for this episode, I talked to Taylor, Kelcey, and Ryan about an older track of theirs:“Darkish Days,” which got here out in 2016. It’s their greatest track to this point; it has over 100 million streams, and it’s been licensed gold. It’s a duet with Swedish singer Nina Persson, from The Cardigans. In 2020, they put out a brand new model of the track, that includes Amelia Meath from the band Sylvan Esso.
I talked to the fellows right here within the studio, and to Amelia Meath remotely. And collectively, they advised me the seven-year story of how the track was first made after which finally remade.
Illustration by Carlos Lerma.
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