Newborn Naturals

New York City punk rock band release their self-titled retrospective LP twenty years later, and just in time.

Newborn Naturals is unapologetic. It’s full. It inherits the rhythm section of the Lower East Side, the raw thrust, without sacrificing melody. The sound of early aughts downtown New York is, as always, irresistible. With the benefit of twenty years between these recordings and their release, the collection avoids the typical snags of the slapdash, broad-territory retrospective; instead, it reveals a crystalline moment in the life of a band.

NEW YORK CITY PUNK BAND’S SELF-TITLED LP DISCOVERED AND RELEASED AFTER 20 YEARS

Newborn Naturals self titled retrospective LP – recorded on the Lower East Side and East Village of New York City and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between 1998 and 2004.

The previously unreleased recordings from New York’s Newborn Naturals finally see the light of day. This cosmic rock and roll bounty from songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Rob Hudak, guitarist Alex Feldesman, bassist Mark Henry, and drummers Danny Morales and Bil Shannon was quilted together recently from the fruits of their short but mighty lifespan on the Lower East Side. If culture does in fact cycle in twenty-year chapters, Newborn Naturals is right on time. 

WFMU DJ Jim “The Hound” Marshall and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ Eric “Roscoe” Ambel’s Lakeside Lounge, known for its committed clientele, nightly live music, and airtight jukebox, was Newborn Naturals’ lightning rod. Shortly after meeting, the band found a room at nearby practice space Tu Casa; where a year later The Strokes began renting the space next door and took some style (and possibly a few musical) cues from the Naturals.

The band’s first professional recordings began in 1998 on the Lower East Side with Dave Lyles and finished in 2003 in a Brooklyn warehouse apartment with engineer Sam Elwitt. The collection we now get to hear was been pulled together from these Lower East Side and Brooklyn sessions and mastered into it’s current form by mastering engineer Mario Viele.

Newborn Naturals is unapologetic. It’s full. It inherits the rhythm section of the Lower East Side, the raw thrust, without sacrificing melody. The sound of early aughts downtown New York is, as always, irresistible. With the benefit of twenty years between these recordings and their release, the collection avoids the typical snags of the slapdash, broad-territory retrospective; instead, it reveals a crystalline moment in the life of a band.

Newborn Naturals promo video

Listen:

Side A

01 Ghosts of Ludlow
02 Price of Candy
03 Night Goes On
04 Shame On You
04 Wood

Side B

06 Mama’s Boy
07 Too Tired, Too Tight
08 Reputation
09 Reputation
10 Bury Me Upside Down