Hailing from North West Indiana NATIVE is made up of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in each of their former high school bands. The guys each decided to retire their childhood groups and instead come together to form Native in the Summer of 2007. The line up consists of Ed O'Neil /Guitar, Bobby Markos /Vocals and Bass, Dan Evans /Guitar and Nick Glassen on Drums. Since Native’s inception they have self released the critically touted EP We, Delete Erase with many publications giving the disc accolades.
CMJ remarked, “The brand-new four piece, Native, is making noise even before their first full-length. Their self-released debut EP, We Delete; Erase, their fresh, confident sound is filling their listeners with hope for some great things to come." Also, drawing comparisons to some pretty seminal bands Surfing Magazine described them as “It lands somewhere between a pissed off Minus the Bear and a caged up Botch.” Word of mouth about their live shows and their EP caught the attention of US Label and Management company Sargent House who went on to sign the band and who has since re-issued the EP.
Native have continued to tour non-stop building quite a following in a short time through their unforgettable live shows and well executed musicianship. A review of their live show in St. Louis from The Riverfront Times stated, "There's something about the age-to-talent ratio that makes the post-punk of the barely legal Indiana quartet Native both impressive and genuine. Perhaps it's the group's intelligent guitar work, which recalls the geometric riffs of Jawbox and Faraquet- Or maybe it's the fact that the vocalist's yelps sound more like a pissed Ian MacKaye than a Warped Tour screamo outfit." While Alternative Press’ live show assessment was, "For a band just a little more than a year old, Native play with the confidence and prowess of a group of lifers." The early reviews in for their full length album Wrestling Moves are no less flattering with Sputnik Music saying, "Anyone who has listened to We Delete, Erase will immediately hear the transformation within the band. Native is still Native, but the progression here is a massive one." Native are currently finishing up their second full length, recorded by Greg Norman in Chicago for release by Sargent House in 2013.