Native America is a rock & roll trio from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band, comprised of Ross Farbe (guitar/vocals), Ray Micarelli (drums) and John St. Cyr (bass/vocals), has evolved from Farbe’s dorm room recording project to deliver their first proper studio LP, Grown Up Wrong, via Inflated on November 18. After releasing Dancing About Architecture with Park The Van Records, self-recording last summer’s Bad Weed / But Still Weed EP, and touring heavily over the past few years, Grown Up Wrong finds them in peak form. Recorded with engineer Chris George at NOLA’s the Living Room, the album is a triumphant leap forward for Native America, infusing this young three-piece’s gift for easygoing songwriting with textured production that provides the record with simplistic nuances and gorgeous tape warmth.
The music is as much a product of current indie rock (Ariel Pink, Deerhunter) as it is 60’s pop (Beatles, The Kinks) and classic New Orleans soul records (Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey). When asked about the origin of their band name, frontman Ross Farbe explained, “I was thinking about the heritage of the music I wanted to create, and how rock and roll originated in America. It’s a joining of cultures and influences that could only happen in our young, strange country.” They are a group of old souls in modern times, offering a blend of the familiar with a distinctly new approach. The songs on the new full-length are instantly memorable, yet new and unpredictable, as they warp through various eras of musical influence. It offers a deep variety of effortlessly feel good nostalgia with dynamic flourishes, shifting through infectious melodies at every twist and turn. Grown Up Wrong is the perfect end of summer record, where the relaxed nature of Native America never ends, bringing the heart of New Orleans to the world — one hook-filled pop gem at a time.
Tour info - including a stop at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon - coming soon!
Aug 10 | Baltimore MD @ The Crown Aug 11 | Richmond VA @ The Camel Aug 12 | Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506 Aug 15 | Boston MA @ House Show Aug 16 | Bristol CT @ Rockwell Summer Fest Aug 18 | Santa Monica CA @ Almost Holden Collective Aug 19 | Los Angeles CA @ Pehrspace Aug 23 | Santa Cruz CA @ Crepe Place Aug 24 | Davis CA @ Chillanova Aug 25 | Oakland CA @ Night Light Aug 26 | San Francisco @ TBA Aug 27 | Sacramento CA @ Haus on V Aug 28 | Portland OR @ Bunk Bar Aug 30 | Seattle, WA @ Hollow Earth Radio
Hey. It’s been a while. Yesterday was a great day. One of our favorite bands released a song that we’ve loved since hearing them jam it back at CMJ 2012. That band happens to be So Cow and the song is called “Barry Richardson.” You can listen and read words at Pitchfork. WARNING: it’s sticky as hell, so good luck getting it out of your head. PSA: we still have some copies of Out of Season, So Cow’s split LP with Squarehead, available at the Inflated store.
Also also also, we’ve got some exciting news to share really soon. It’s about an album that we’ll be releasing in the fall. It’s a really great album by some nice boys from New Orleans. They’re really nice boys. You’ll like them and you’ll really love this album.
So Cow’s new album, The Long Con, is due out 9/16 via Goner Records.
SO COW — US TOUR DATES
Sept 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock & Roll Palace Sept 15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle w/ Party Bat Sept 16 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class w/ Chomp Sept 17 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups w/ The Young Sept 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s w/ Shark? Sept 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio w/ Shark? Sept 20 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop w/ The Oranges Band, Palomar Sept 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City w/ Shark? Sept 23 - Durham, NC - Chateau Moby Dick Sept 24 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s Sept 25 - Memphis, TN - Gonerfest 11 w/ Grifters, Ausmuteants, Radioactivity, & more
Hey you guys. We’re throwing a SXSW party with Father/Daughter, Gold Robot and Small Plates. You should come. It’s going to have everything — zip lines, an appearance by David Brisbin (Mr. Ernst from Nickelodeon’s Hey Dude), a seven level course in adult education, an entire room of puppets doing karaoke and much, much more.