Every now and again you come across a band that is worth taking note of, worth spending some time listening to, and worth keeping track of. Southern are that band for me at the moment. They’re sultry, gritty and a little bit dirty. The Belfast-born, Liverpool-based brother and sister band Thom and Lucy, are crossing genres and finding a place in the current music scene.
Southern have unveiled the stunning video for their new single ‘Where I Want To Be’, which is released on the 18th August.
This new single is fronted by the Thom sung ‘Where I Want To Be’, a track that fizzes with a crunching, bluesy swagger, all thunderous riffing and indie-rock guitar shapes.
Thom says of the track: “‘Where I Want To Be‘ was quite a random song when it came to writing it. It really came from nowhere with the simple bass line and the lyric “I’m where I want to be”. We like this track because it’s opening up more of our influences while still maintaining our bluesy roots sound. We’re really into hip hop beats so we thought it would be cool to mix that with rock n roll in a modern way. We like to surprise people with every release.”
On the flipside of the single, and in the starkest of contrasts, Lucy fronts ‘The Way You Breathe‘, a simmering, gorgeously slinky noir-ish ballad. The tender vocal offers an alternate weapon to Thom’s explosive, infectious blues-rock.
Still in their infancy, Southern have already taken their music across the world from Nashville to Paris, Brooklyn to Seoul. As brother and sister, they know each other’s strengths and play to them with devastating effect on this, their third release. It acts as another telling stepping-stone in this bright young duo’s intriguing career.
Check out more of their tracks, I can’t recommend them enough!
They’re playing at Reading and Leeds Festival this year so make sure you see catch them live.