Native fans — There is a wealth of Native Music to enjoy!

It’s been awhile since anyone from New York City’s Native has posted anything, so I thought I’d take a moment and enjoin you to go to and look at all the blog posts from drummer Dave Thomas, that’s me, each of which features great unknown tracks from this great band. I think I can call the band I helped start a great band, enough time has passed since our final recordings and now that I have that bit of perspective to be able to tell that this was a phenomenal band. The songwriting trust of Mat Hutt, John Wood, and myself, and the guitar mastery of Mike Jaimes (pictured below) makes it easy to make the case.

That’s it for now, I just wanted to remind you that great bands and great music never die, as long as you are listening to them.

All the best,

Dave Thomas


Our first tune – Something Worth Remembering

Native began when Mike Jaimes helped me arrange a song I’d written on a heartbreaking night during Dead Tour, 1991. Mike gave me a lot of encouragement,  but when it came time to lay down the lead vocal, he grabbed the mic and gave us this one-take performance.

In the following months, we decided it would be a good thing to put together a band to play the darn thing, and that led to the formation of Native, when Mat Hut, Matt Lyons, Anthony Ballsley, John Wood, and soundman Robert Smith convened five stories underground in my Mott Street studio.

Over time, the song’s arrangement evolved into a 20-minute + mega-jam. Still, even in its’ nascent state, Something Worth Remembering was kinda epic.