Don't Fear The Natives
Buncrana, County Donegal
"The only certain thing...in this post-Brexit world, is that we'll always
be rocking, making music, rising to the challenges that living along the Border throws at us, it's part of our DNA at this stage..." states Denis Kelly, guitarist and songwriter with Donegal's Don't Fear The Natives.
“We always wanted to progress into a band again, our songs need the dynamics that you get from rehearsing as a group and playing live”, explains Kelly, adding “it was completely natural for us to move forward with an enhanced line up, and we feel as if we’re making momentum all the time, it’s very exciting!”
Along with singer Claire McDaid, the duo will be looking to move onwards from a headline acoustic appearance at Vantastival with the first Don’t Fear The Natives offering; their ‘Stupid Heart E.P.’
From lead track Stupid Heart; an anthem for broken hearts, McDaid's soaring vocals wrapped in a maelstrom of spiralling guitars that My Bloody Valentine would be proud of, the E.P. finds Don't Fear The Natives exploring the vulnerabilities of relationships, the heartaches, and sometimes those small victories in between.
The E.P. showcases their differing styles, from full on alt-rock, to a lingering, late-night sound, somewhere between Spiritualized and The Beatles’ Rubber Soul, "We love loads of different artists and styles, be it the Stone Roses, Blondie, The Beatles, right through to artists such as PJ Harvey and Foo Fighters. It's great to have lots of influences yet still come up with our own sound. We're
really excited about what's to come...!", explains Kelly.