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Video of the Moment #1800: Southern

 
By on Friday, 8th May 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Belfast indie pop brother/sister duo Southern are set to release their next single, ‘Lone Driver’, next Monday, and they’ve released this energetic performance promo to accompany the release. The extremely catchy track was produced by Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club), who is also working with the band on their debut album. Watch the video for and fall in love with ‘Lone Driver’ below.

‘Lone Driver’ the single will be out on the 11th of May on Marathon Artists. Previous coverage on Southern, including Carrie’s Bands to Watch on them from last summer, is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDUC4m2Huog[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Southern – Cool Kid

 
By on Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Belfast-born, Liverpool-landed brother/sister duo Southern have just announced another change of location, this time moving to London, as they announced this past Saturday on their Facebook page. They are also just at the end of a lengthy autumn tour of the UK, but their hectic schedule hasn’t kept them out of the studio. They have managed to intermingle their live performances with recording work on tracks for their debut LP, which is expected sometime in 2015. To that end, they are set to release their next single, ‘Cool Kid’, on the 24th of November via Marathon Artists.

‘Cool Kid’ is a newly reworked version of a track that initially appeared on Southern’s self-titled EP, released at the end of 2013. The refreshed adaptation moves slightly away from the band’s typical folk rock sound and more into pop territory, with an energetic rhythm, punchy verses and an infectious chorus, “’cos she’s a cool kid / lost and found / she’s dead when she comes and it’s tying me down / such a cool kid / I should dedicate this one to you”, that immediately sticks in your head.

The crisp black and white imagery in the song’s recently released video is the pure essence of cool. Constantly shifting shots of Thom and Lucy Southern nonchalantly strumming their guitars alternate between a shadowy foreground view and a sharp background projection screen. The mood is immediately set with the detached opening guitar riff and Thom Southern’s sullen delivery of the opening vocal lines, “he don’t wanna release her / she don’t want a kiss on the cheek / and someone keeps telling me I’m no good”. The mesmerising bridge section is a combination of lightly echoing guitars and vaguely evocative lyrics: “it’s interesting, ‘cos you dance the way you feel / now I know that you dance the way you feel.”

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2k2vlkR9gg[/youtube]

For the single release, Southern have paired the uptempo ‘Cool Kid’ with a brand new song called ‘Sympathise With You’. In contrast with its A-side track, ‘Sympathise With You’ is slow and introspective but with similarly reverberant guitar sounds. The guitar melodies change from sulky to sultry as Thom Southern croons the lyrical chorus, “and who are you? You’re so good, I sympathise with you / and this feeling that you want me / Is there something I don’t wanna know? That’s just something that I don’t know”.

On the ‘Cool Kid’ single, Southern display an ever-expanding degree of musical range and confidence in their own abilities, a rare combination among bands just starting their careers. If their relocation to London is any indication, 2015 could be a year of more bold moves for the Northern Irish pair. In the meantime, they are scheduled to close out this year with a headline show at London Barfly on the 4th of November and an appearance at the Whiskey Sessions Festival in Manchester on the 21st of November.

 

Southern / September, October and November 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 22nd August 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Northern Irish transplants Southern will follow their upcoming appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals with a full headline tour of the UK this autumn. They will take a brief mid-tour break in October to support Jake Bugg on his Dublin and Belfast dates (find the complete details of Bugg’s tour here). Southern’s new single ‘Where I Want to Be’ is out now courtesy of Marathon Artists. You can listen to the official audio of that track below the tour date listing, and for more on Southern, check out our recent Bands to Watch feature on them.

Saturday 27th September 2014 – Southampton Lennons
Sunday 28th September 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Monday 29th September 2014 – Coventry Kasbah
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Reading Oakford Social Club
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – Bournemouth 60 Million Postcards
Friday 3rd October 2014 – Banbury Also Known As
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Bristol Birdcage
Monday 6th October 2014 – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 10th October 2014 – Stockton-on-Tees Ku Bar
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Wakefield Hop
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Glasgow Nice N Sleazy
Monday 13th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre (supporting Jake Bugg)
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre (supporting Jake Bugg)
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Belfast Odyssey (supporting Jake Bugg)
Friday 17th October 2014 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Sunderland Independent
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – London Barfly
Friday 21st November 2014 – Manchester Victoria Warehouse (Whiskey Sessions)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP2HOkgt7iQ[/youtube]

 

Bands to Watch #305: Southern

 
By on Thursday, 21st August 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

When I first heard about this band, I couldn’t help but wonder why a Northern Irish band situated in Liverpool would call itself Southern. As it turns out, the moniker is the surname of two of the band’s members, brother and sister Thom and Lucy Southern. Accompanied on drums by Eoghan Clifford, the sibling pair saw the band’s edgy new single ‘Where I Want to Be’ released by Marathon Artists earlier this week. Following up on their previous single, ‘Where the Wild Are’, the new track has already received airplay on BBC Radio 1, where it was recently featured by Fearne Cotton.

Though originally from the same general geographic vicinity as the Wonder Villains, whose lineup also features a sibling pair, Southern’s bluesy guitar rock sound is probably best compared to another brother/sister act, Angus and Julia Stone. In fact, Southern covered the Australian duo’s ‘Big Jet Plane’ in Paris for the following video.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IinbV-7jt40[/youtube]

Southern’s first self-titled EP was released back in December 2013 and included their best known track to date ‘World Don’t Shine’. In January of this year, they were tapped to perform for a Sofar Sounds session in Liverpool, where this acoustic version of ‘World Don’t Shine’ was recorded.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW7a_AR6LDs[/youtube]

‘Where I Want to Be’ is an ambitiously energetic track with a gritty guitar rhythm and sharp vocal harmonies highlighting the insistent lyrics “I’m where I want to be, in my life.” The song’s simple structure allows the bombastic chorus to build its raucous energy to the very end. In contrast, the single’s B-side ‘The Way You Breathe’ is a softly whispered ballad featuring Lucy Southern’s crooning lead vocals. Watch the live session video for ‘The Way You Breathe’ just below, and be sure to keep an eye on TGTF for more on this up and coming band.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM2yy7Tug70[/youtube]

 
 
 

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