Indy spirit lives on as Riverside goes Native
THE RIVERSIDE‘S going native!
The Ousegate venue is devoting Friday and Sunday nights to a showcase of bands from one of Yorkshire’s most innovative and historic record labels – Sheffield’s Native Records.
A former home to hitmakers like Nine Inch Nails, the Darling Buds, Zoot and the Roots, Treebound Story – who featured Mercury Prize winner and current superstar Richard Hawley in their ranks – The Snapdragons and Fatal Charm, Native was founded in 1985 in Sheffield and quickly became a hitmaker after tapping in to the Steel City’s success in the post-punk era.
And Native is still going strong under its founder Kevin Donaghue.
The weekend sees the pick of its current roster playing Selby, with performances from ReVerbed, the Talk, Bad Sign, The Freedom Kings, Selby’s own Lyon Estates and Experiment.
Label owner Kevin Donaghue said: “This is a really exciting time for us – probably the most exciting for a number of years.
“We’re approaching our 300th release now and there are very, very few smaller labels that have managed to achieve that. We’ve also a roster of really interesting and exciting new bands and working with them and seeing them develop is a real pleasure.”
Indeed Native has seen its indy contemporaries fall by the wayside – the list of great Brit indies includes legendary labels like Creation, Factory, Rough Trade and Island – but don’t go looking for them in the record shops. They don’t exist anymore. Though Native didn’t scale the heights as often as its peers, it’s now pretty much the last man standing and still releasing records.
“It is a tragedy that so many great labels have gone down,” Kevin said. “But it’s great that we’re still here. I think its because we’re pretty tenacious and we’re still out there ourselves in the venues seeing new bands – I still go to four or five gigs a week.
“Venues like the Riverside work closely with us and have become friends and that’s great. Thing are really exciting at the moment – it feels a bit like we’re reinventing the independent record industry all over again and it’s a real challenge.”
And this weekend Native take over the Riverside – Friday night’s gig features The Talk, Treason Kings and The Absolute and on Sunday ReVerbed, Experiment and Lyon Estates take the stage.
To hear a track from all of the bands on both bills visit our website www.selbytimes.co.uk
We also have three copies of Native’s 300th release – Thirteen, a compilation featuring the cream of its current bands, including Reverbed, The Talk, Bad Sign and Lyon Estates. To win one just tell us what was the title track of Richard Hawley’s Mercury award winning album? Send your answers to Native Competition, Selby Times, 74-76 Gowthorpe, Selby YO8 4ET. Closing date is January 23, 2013, usual Selby Times rules apply.
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