Native Sun

October 21, 2020

Native Sun release 90 second blast of punk rock angst, “Government Shutdown”

Doesn’t take 90 seconds to get the point across in this raucous punk rock scream-along from Native Sun. The band we miss seeing live the most reminds us why with their new one, “Government Shutdown.” The Brooklyn-based trio’s new single is  full of righteous anger and frenetic rage. The video, produced by POND Creative, intersperses “patriotic” images with news clippings, visuals of capitalist excess and striking historical footage, both skewering and lamenting the American experiment. As frontman Danny Gomez says, “What’s more American than a band of immigrants?”, and who better to see both the depths of pain and beauty that America holds.

“Government Shutdown” began conception a year ago to this month on a cold, rainy evening while passing through Chicago’s Treehouse Studios,” says Gomez. “Disenchantment, exhaustion, and numbness permeated. Our goal was to implement a lyrical structure where LESS is MORE (deviating from anything else we’d done in the past). Wordplay Economy — instead presenting a chant that could be sung anywhere, anytime, and collectively to represent unison in the frustration experienced by our current state of affairs. How can anger be used to uphold the government’s inability to serve the individuals that put them in power?”

Pre-COVID, the band was touring the west coast with White Reaper, on their way to SXSW, and had just celebrated their first release with us here at GJ (“Juarez”) selling out back-to-back shows in New York. While touring plans were scrapped, the band has stayed busy during quarantine releasing a covers EP benefitting The Okra Project, Border Angels, RAINN, Bushwick Ayuda Mutua, and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. They’ve also been involved in the photo and poster fundraising effort “Bring Music Home” to benefit the National Independent Venue Association. The “Bring Music Home” initiative has been supported by and featured in Variety and Pitchfork. The band will also be featured in the upcoming documentary film Brooklyn is Burning, showcasing the Brooklyn music scene at its peak pre-COVID, how artists are coping during this time of crisis, and how the scene will be impacted in the aftermath.

Native Sun

January 31, 2020

Native Sun joins Grand Jury roster with new single

Today we’re excited to announce that one of the best bands in New York City now calls Grand Jury home.

Meet Native Sun. They play loud.

Their music seems both unstuck in time – referencing multiple waves of NY punk, classic rock n roll, and low-slung doom – while also feeling decidedly of the moment. Filtering the sound of white Americana through their personal experiences as Colombian and Mexican immigrants leads to a brand of guitar music that feels decidedly alive, decidedly awake, littered with explosive outcries against generational racism, institutional rot, and so much more. 

After releasing their first two EPs — Songs Born from Love and Hate and Always Different, Always the Same — the band is back with a series of singles that started with “Oedipus Race” and now moves on to “Juarez,” our first release with the band, out today!

Both song have been compiled on a new 7″. You can get one of the 50 copies left over in our shop. It’s pressed on clear vinyl, and ships immediately. Next up, the band celebrates the release tomorrow night at NYC’s The Dance (tix here), before heading out on the road with White Reaper & The Muckers before hitting this year’s SXSW!