Native Sun

May 18, 2021

Native Sun return with blistering new song “Off The Dial”

Coming off the high of their sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Sultan Room back in April, Native Sun are back today with the relentless sprint, “Off The Dial”. It might be the best encapsulation of Native Sun’s storied live show yet put to tape, so it makes sense that the music video is actually a live performance of the track – watch above. Evoking The Stooges at their gnarliest, the anti-authoritarian anthem “Off The Dial” is the companion to last month’s “Jesus,” both paired today on a double single available at fine digital retailers all over.

In a statement about the song, the band says: “Lessons of the past must be earned before we can apply them to the present…a track to summon and glorify our ability to rebel against conventionality for progress. Destroy the ennui that sucks the passion out of the quotidian, it is this hunger for abandoned ideas and sentiments that emboldens the individual — don’t let others write your future.”

Native Sun recently sat for an interview and offered up a live performance of “Jesus,” “Juarez” and “Strange Cat” for the Bring Music Home campaign, watch below. 

Native Sun

April 15, 2021

Native Sun release psych-y single & music video, sell out socially distanced rooftop Sultan Room return

You didn’t read the title of this post wrong: Brooklyn’s Native Sun are back, not just with a new single, but in the actual flesh. Earlier today, everyone’s favorite Brooklyn noisemakers dropped “Jesus,” a 6-minute ripper that’s indebted to gonzo 60s psych, modern stoner rock, and the razor sharp garage punk of much of their back catalog. Seriously, the thing is heavy and somehow sounds like the MC5 covering Sleep with a metaphysics thesis in the lyric sheet. Or as FLOOD put it in their premiere post this morning, “Ty Segall’s noisiest period fit with the lyrics of David Bazan.” Both are correct. 

The track is the first from a double A-side single – the next song will be revealed in due time, people – and comes paired with a music video shot and directed in upstate New York by the multi-talented Alec Castillo of The Nude Party. Everything we said about the way the track sounds: yeah, that’s how the video looks too.

And as exciting as all of that is, we’re just as thrilled about the live music part. That’s right, Native Sun are playing music in public on the roof of The Sultan Room next week, April 21st. Socially distanced. Limited capacity. But still! A live show! It sold out almost immediately, but the lucky few are in for a treat. A statement from our friends at The Sultan Room below.

“We are thrilled to welcome you back this spring! The Turk’s Inn and The Sultan Room will once again reopen their doors April, 2021. To celebrate, we are offering a series of open-air concerts on The Turk’s Inn rooftop. Observing health and safety standards, these shows will be seated, socially distant, and require face-coverings. To start this off, we are thrilled to feature two Brooklyn favorites, Native Sun and Jachary! Each evening will feature 2 shows a night by each artist, at a reduced capacity of 42 tickets per show on our beautifully styled rooftop, to bring the joy and spirit of music and community back to our beloved neighborhood.

A year of living in pandemic times has taught us how much we miss being together and also made us aware of practices that enhance our safety. We’re embracing our responsibility of bringing people back together around musical experiences and applying the lessons we’ve learned on minimizing risks. We’ve all earned it and we all need it.”

As you might recall from those long-ago before-COVID times of 2020, the band was touring the west coast with White Reaper, on their way to SXSW, and had just celebrated their first few releases with us, selling out back-to-back shows in New York. We couldn’t be more excited to pick up where we left off. But the boys stayed busy in 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 were also tapped to be involved in the photo and poster fundraising effort “Bring Music Home” to benefit the National Independent Venue Association, which you may have spotted in  Variety and Pitchfork. And, last but not least, the band will 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

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!