Not everyone knows this, but I lived in Indiana for about 10 years. Socially it was fine but musically, it was a nightmare. It’s a land where pop-country is king and there is little semblance of any type of music scene. Trust me when I say there’s not much to do and that it’s a pretty rough place to live when you’re a music nerd like me. That’s why I was elated beyond terms when a four-piece band called Native didn’t succumb to the black hole of nothingness and rather emerged from the northwest part of the state with a fresh take on post-hardcore. 2010’s Wrestling Moves was an energizing rush of post-hardcore thrash – a debut that put the band on the map to see what they’d do next.
That time is now with the release of the band’s second full-length, Orthodox, a stunning 8-track, 28 minute long post-hardcore masterpiece. It may cause you to reevaluate how you listen to the genre (okay, so that’s a bit hyperbolic, but damn does this album really get me fired up!). Basically, Orthodox is the most exhilarating thing to come from an Indiana product since Reggie Miller scored 9 points in 8 seconds at the Garden.