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bad days and fin. by NATIVEBLOOD

Welcome to the first instalment of Small Band Week 2.0! Thought I'd kick off the week with a very exciting post. Now, a few months back NATIVEBLOOD released their debut single stay strong, and I said so many complimentary things about that release. I even put NATIVEBLOOD at the top of my favourite small bands list because of it, I still love the song to this day, and I don't see how they could possibly top that track, because it was insane! But here we are! I'm here to talk about their 2 new tracks, bad days and fin. 

So, let's start with bad days. The intro had me a little conflicted like I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know what direction this song was going to go in, but that soon changed, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's still like stay strong in the way that the opening verse is more like rapping than singing. 

Straight off, I really like the lyrics, and I feel like the tone of the song compliments the lyrics, which is quite nice. 

That chorus, caught me off guard, I wasn't expecting that, but it does follow the same sort of pattern as stay strong did, and now with two songs following the same pattern, it's starting to become a lot clearer that this is the sound they're going for, and I love it! I fucking love it. I think it's insane, the mix of the rap and the heavy vocals; it's a heavenly combination. I didn't expect the chorus to go as hard as it does, but I am 100% here for it. I love this. I think it's very unique, and something that the market it's oversaturated with. I really like it, I think it works well together. 

It kind of gives me Linkin Park vibes, and I really like the whole vibe of it. I think it's incredible, and I think it's quite refreshing to hear music that is different, to hear something that isn't a carbon copy of another band and another song. And although this does follow the same structure as stay strong did, it also is a completely different song to stay strong, there's nothing besides the structure that says to me "Ah yes, this is a copy of stay strong" because it's heavier and darker. It's different whilst also being similar. I really like it. I think it's incredible and I can see myself listening to it a lot. 

I'd happily give bad days 5 out of 5 lemons, I really like it. I think it's unique, I think it's powerful, and although it's heavier and darker, it's still quite catchy! 

Moving onto fin. now this track wasn't mentioned when NATIVEBLOOD were posting about the new music, it was a little surprise treat. Very unexpected, but I wasn't going to say no to it! 

Now, this is a great contrast to bad days, as this is softer, not as heavy, not as intense. It's a good song that bridges the gap between stay strong and bad days. From the first 30 seconds, I knew I was going to like this. I knew this was a solid track, and I thought it was quite nice to see this follow on from bad days. 

It's very much a stripped-back track, and I really like that. I feel like with this track, we have a good little mix of sounds from NATIVEBLOOD, but fin. like bad days follows the same structure. You have the clean vocals for the chorus and the borderline rap vocals for the verses, and I really like the song, especially on this track. I think it's a really beautiful track, and I know I'm going to listening to it a lot. I love the vocals on this track, they're so raw and beautiful. It's just nice to see these complementary elements in a song. They work really well with the sound NATIVEBLOOD are going for. 

fin. is very different to bad days, but just as equally incredible, so I don't know if I have a favourite out of the two, but I love them both and NATIVEBLOOD are really onto something with the sound they're going for. I still stand by my comment I made before that NATIVEBLOOD are right at the top of my favourite small bands, and I love this sound they're going for. They're just such an incredible band, and I'd highly recommend them. 

I'll give fin. a 5 out of 5 lemons as well, to go with bad days, and I really cannot recommend you going and checking out these new releases from NATIVEBLOOD if you haven't already. They're an incredibly talented band, and these 2 new track really do prove that. 

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