Fake Natives
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Fake Natives

Overland Park, Kansas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Overland Park, Kansas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock New Wave


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The best kept secret in music



We’re always happy to hear from listeners, and a few days ago we received this email from listener Daniel Hornsby giving us some backstory that we never expected on our own episode :

Two nights ago, while lying in bed and listening to your program, I was at once perplexed and pleasantly surprised to hear the song “Fake Natives” after a story on colonists and indigenous influence on American “wilderness.”
Here’s the segment:

I wrote the song four years ago, in the living room of a little house in Manhattan, Kansas, not far from the college campus. The song marked a shift in our band, and eventually we would name both ourselves and our first album after the track. As a college sophomore studying Native literature the history of the conquest of Mexico (in a state where many indigenous nations had been forcibly relocated by the U.S. government), the album was a way for me to explore America’s violent and baffling past, as well as my own obscured indigenous ancestry. And while now, a few years later, I see the project as naive in some respects (namely some egregious costume choices that sadly aligned us with even more problematic acts–though in the very least I can say we never donned headdresses), the songs and the band are still important to me…The same interest that sparked the writing of the song drew me to BackStory, and since discovering your program, I’ve listened to nearly every episode. Honestly, I’m delighted to have heard the song on the podcast, and I welcome you to use any more of our music. (Also, I’m curious how you came across our band, and I would be interested in knowing how the song fell into your hands.)

I asked our producer, Andrew Parsons, who scored the show how we happened to come across it. Here’s what he said:

“The answer to his question is “we searched the word ‘natives’ in Spotify, the song came up and we loved it.”
Daniel also tells us that Fake Natives has just recorded a new album.

I tell you all this because it might be hard to imagine how tiny our band is, and how its survival has relied almost entirely on the friendship of its members and the support of a small group of listeners. This summer, Fake Natives recorded a new album, which is currently being mixed, and we find ourselves in a strange place as a group. Our bass player is a school librarian in Seattle, our trumpet player works as an architect in Dallas, our drummer is a consultant in Kansas City, and our lead guitarist is a freelance illustrator and manager of a comedy club is Los Angeles. I’ve just finished an MFA in fiction, and this year I am on a fellowship and living in Ann Arbor, Michigan (one of my professors, Michael Byers, was featured on a previous episode of the show about the stars).
So, fellow listeners: if you liked the music you heard on the show, head over to their Tumblr page to hear more, get updates on their new work, and show some love. - BackStory (NPR Syndicated Podcast)

"Best New Bands In America"

Desert rock has never been so upbeat, thanks to Fake Natives. The Manhattan quintet could easily soundtrack your favorite country-western film, with guitar-driven gallops and lead singer Dan Hornsby’s wicked yelps. But don’t let their location or their concept occupy all of your attention. Despite the imagery of cowboys and Indians, this is a band that can embody more of a Brooklyn-inspired vibe, with spacey vocals and a dulled twang. Their sound is brought to a joyous and rollicking level, however, with their wild trumpet lines that add hints of mariachi at times, and pacified jazz tones at others. Jubilant dance-rock tunes like “Navajo Rug” and “Geronimo” make for possible road-trip anthems, while slower, more pensive songwriting efforts like “Settler” keep the band well in balance. All together, Fake Natives’ debut full-length is a Bandcamp stud that could easily make waves out of the that other Manhattan. - The Boston Phoenix

"Top 50 List: Fake Natives - Fake Natives"

C'est un album parfait pour les journées de merde (je suis tombé en pannes d'essence aujourd'hui, ce fut chiant). Fake Natives me fait l'effet d'un groupe simple, sans ambitions, se contentant de jouer de superbes petites mélodies entre Pop et Rock. C'est calme, c'est reposant, c'est idéal pour se détendre. Musicalement, c'est pareil. Il n'y a rien d'original dans les compositions de Fake Natives, on pourrait citer une centaines de groupes qui sonneraient plus ou moins comme eux. Pourtant, ça reste très très efficace dans le genre. On à faire à une joyeuse bande de de potes qui aiment se retrouver tous ensembles pour composer de la musique. Les membres du groupe aiment se déguiser en indiens sur scène, rapport à leurs noms, sans doute, peu désireux de se prendre au sérieux, ont les imagine volontiers inspiré par I'm From Barcelona. Et Au final un disque très chouette, simple et douillet, qu'on écoute avec plaisir. Peut être pas LE truc de l'année, mais sur le moment, ça passe tellement bien ! - Black Box Baby


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


“Fake Natives weren’t born here, they just perform here,” Fake Natives declare in the eponymous song (of the eponymous record). Native to central Kansas, each song off Fake Natives’ debut fakes something—patriotism, courage, calm, with each sentiment undercut by a history of sadness and isolation even while the guitars evoke spaghetti westerns and Shane-like rides into the sunset.

For their second record, produced before a summer tour that took the band through the Midwest and U.S. South, Fake Natives turn toward recent history. Here, the plains of the previous record have been covered with strip mall parking lots. The residual sadness and loneliness of the first record, however, remains the same.

“I’m a settler, and I’ll settle,” singer Dan Hornsby explains midway through Fake Natives’ debut. Settling—in place and expectation—is crucial to the band’s angle on America, a notion that becomes increasingly clear as the songs settle into you. They will build a trading post in your ears. They will colonize your heart.

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