Drinking from the same water and breathing the same Detroit Rock City air as the White Stripes, Eminem and Kid Rock -- not to mention predecessors such as Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, George Clinton and the entirety of the Motown roster -- Natives of the New Dawn were formed in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale from the ashes of a rap trio that included MC Vince Mann and Gary "DJ Goo" Hoenicke. Evolving into a dynamic package of sounds and influences, Natives are driven by the tightly pocketed rhythm section of bassist Ryan Coomer and drummer Tom Wachter, the fierce guitar work of Joe Fikany, and the soulful singing of Tony Nouhan, creating a genuinely fun and exciting style of music. The sextet's "Motown inspired rock/hip-hop mash up" (TMZ.com) bites with rock 'n roll crunch, bounces with funky exuberance, and soars with Stevie Wonder-like melodicism -"it's a bona fide joyride that still maintains the craft and credibility of sterling musicianship." (Gary Graff) Since their inception in 2004, Natives have embarked upon three years of heavy independent touring, including three consecutive summer's on the Van's Warped Tour, a 2nd place finals performance in Germany as part of the Emergenza International Music Festival, and a selection as "1 of the 13 best unsigned bands in North America" for their participation in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 10, establishing the reputation as a remarkably talented live act with an incredibly unique sound and style. Choosing to uproot from their home of Detroit, MI in 2007, and leave behind a massive, loyal fan-base, and the kind of support that garnered them 13 Detroit Music Awards nominations between '05 and '06, Natives moved to Los Angeles, CA to live and work on their new album, Bliss. Released in the summer of 2007, Natives launched a 34-date D.I.Y summer tour in support of the release, including 18 stops on the Van's Warped Tour -appearing on Kevin Says Hot Topic Stage, and Ernie Ball Music Man. Currently, the New Dawn shows no signs of slowing up as they gear up for fall tour plans, and continue to work on new material.
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