Although Natural Child coalesced back in 2009, they sound like they’ve been around forever. Almost stereotypically young, the Nashville trio’s influences date to their parents’ record collections and that sense of musical classicism is infused with an appropriate dose of hormonal rage and rebellion.
There’s nothing new about kids channeling The Stooges’ “TV Eye” and Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” while decked out in a ripped-denim-and-under-the-car-seat-flannel-shirt uniform of youth, but Natural Child (guitarist/vocalist Seth Murray, bassist/vocalist Wes Traylor, drummer Zach Martin) do it with a surprising amount of unforced charm and casual exuberance. Rather than treating their influences like iconographic triptychs in a churchy museum, Natural Child translates their musical DNA with a garage-fueled joy, juxtaposing Dylanesque lyrical nods with chunky Stones riffage (and occasional Waylon Jennings/Kris Kristofferson references) to create a familiar-yet-fresh sound that could have been hot 40 calendars ago.
For a band with just three years under their woven leather belt, Natural Child has done a ton of recording — a handful of 7-inches, the Bodyswitchers EP and two full lengths, 2011’s debut 1971 and the just-released For the Love of the Game (and the band is already working on its third, tentatively titled Hard in Heaven).
Natural Child load their bong with primo Psych, Blues, Punk and Country, and cook the whole thing into a bone-shaking Rock primalism that shimmers into focus through a dense fogbank where clarity and confusion are partners in a cosmic ’70s dance. Or something like that … does anyone else have the munchies?
NATURAL CHILD performs Friday, May 25 with guests Brian Olive, The Tongue & Lips and The Harlequins. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.