Blues-driven show in vids

Thursday 29th May 2014

Southernperformed at Dot to Dot Festival 2014. Watch an exclusive video of their live performance below.

If Haim were the sibling outfit who dominated 2013, then expect new brother-sister act Southern to have the same effect in 2014.

Musically, their ambition is to mix up folk, blues, hip hop and alternative pop-rock. They love everyone from Nick Drake and John Martyn to Beck and Danger Mouse; as a result, their music is a blend of finger-picking guitar techniques and hip hop loops and beats.

The 'Southern EP' is out now on Marathon Artists. Recorded at Parr Street studios in Liverpool, the self-titled Southern EP features material that represents a fiery departure from their more folky, harmony-based early songs. It’s more Black Keys than Bon Iver. The music is accompanied by self-made videos that are suitably dark and intense.

Thom and Lucy were born in Manchester, but the family moved around a lot, ending up in Belfast when they were six and eight. Growing up listening to a range of music including The White Stripes, AC/DC, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins with Thom, and The Beatles and Neil Young being favourites for Lucy, their musical careers started off busking around Belfast and Dublin before expanding out of the Irish music scenes. 

Ending up living in London via LA and Paris, they made their breakthrough with the release, as a free download, of their captivating debut tune 'Where The Wild Are', produced by Thom in his bedroom. They have since been gigging relentlessly, supporting a variety of musicians both veteran (John Oates, Steve Harley, Foy Vance, Nanci Griffith) and young (Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose, Pete Doherty, Nathaniel Rateliff).

In 2013, Southern decamped to Liverpool, for reasons both economic (“London is too expensive”) and musical - they wanted to work with “cool northern musicians”. So now they have a band - although technically they’re still a duo - and they’re signed to Marathon, home of excellent up-and-coming artists such as Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, and Childhood. 

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