Nashville band Natural Child first came onto my radar during the most recent CMJ Music Marathon when they crashed an Impose Magazine showcase (featuring The Beets, The Girls At Dawn, and Smith Westerns, among others) and basically stormed the stage, with an entourage of Nashville boys and proceeded to play one of the most exciting, eneregetic, and ridiculous punk sets I'd seen in a long time. I instantly fell in love.
Natural Child have a 7 inch and a cassette out on Infinity Cat Records, a label they share with Nashville superstars JEFF The Brotherhood, and girly punk band Heavy Cream, both of whom they play with frequently in Nashville, often at a DIY venue called Glenn Danzig's House.
Natural Child's songs are all loud and driving, kind of reminiscent of The Replacements, but in a charming, Southern way. From songs about being forced to sleep with someone, to one about smoking crack with friends, the lyrics are constantly entertaining.
Natty Child (as the kidz call them), three boys aged 21, 21 and 25, have pretty old school influences (besides JEFF, who I don't think really count...) including Neil Young, The Band, Thin Lizzy, and Bob Dylan from 1969 to 1976.
Most interestingly, Natural Child is going to get famous and they have a plan: to get The Rolling Stones to pass on the torch to them in their farewell tour, which Natural Child has decided will be in 2011. How will they do this? By getting Jack White (Nashville resident) to introduce them.
Pipe dreams aside, Natural Child is totally worth a listen. They'll also be in touring in March for House by House Fest in Denton, SXSW in Austin, and Todd P's Fest in Monterrey, Mexico. Check them out if they're coming to your town! Really fun live show.
Check out the following two mp3s from their 7 inch on Infinity Cat: