Bad Vibrations & Lanzarote Present: NATURAL CHILD, THEO VERNEY, HUMAN HAIR & POLTERGHOST
Bad Vibrations & Lanzarote Present: NATURAL CHILD (Beach Creep Afterparty)
“Newspaper man can’t understand/ Try to talk about what kind of dude I am,” sing the co-frontmen of Natural Child, Seth Murray and Wes Traylor, on Hard in Heaven‘s opening track, “Laid, Paid, and Strange”. In my own defense as said “newspaper man”, it’s my job to talk about what kind of dudes they are, and I’d say they’re rock ‘n’ rollers who want some cash, sex, and weed (and I’d be right, as that first track freely admits to all of the above).
Active since 2009, Natural Child record songs and tour whenever they aren’t in the studio. The repetition’s tightened their songwriting, and Hard in Heaven even gets emotional in spots. The band often eschews the mushy stuff in favor of the beer-drinking good times, but the title track, “Hard in Heaven”, is burn-out blues at its most desolate. Looks like all that toking has caused the band to look inward (read: Neil Young’s “On the Beach”). “I spent too long living in my head,” sings Traylor. Introspection foiling hedonism: a rock ‘n’ roll archetype fitting of a scuzzy trio like Natural Child.