Hi Thom! What’s new with Southern?
We’ve recorded bits of our album which is exciting and been touring recently for the first time. We played some shows on a beach in Cornwall which was fun.
As brother and sister, what different elements do each of you bring to writing music? Has writing music together always been an ambition of yours from a young age?
With the more bluesy rock and roll style songs I write the music and then we both write the vocal melodies/lyrics together. Lucy writes a lot of shoe-gazey softer folk songs too which will feature a lot on our debut record. Generally we write everything together which we enjoy doing as we bring more to the songs that way. I started singing and writing my own songs when I was 16/17 and I busked on the streets of Belfast a lot. Eventually we realised Lucy could do really beautiful harmonies and our voices blended well so it really just went from playing together in the house to busking together and before we knew it we were playing concerts when we weren’t in school! Once we both finished school it became a thing we both really strived to make a career.
If you weren’t in Southern with one another which other artists would you like to collaborate with?
I think we’d maybe try going solo but we’re enjoying this too much so that’s a difficult question.
I first heard you guys on Phil Taggart and Alice Levine’s Radio 1 show and ‘shazamed’ it straight away. How do you feel you’ve come on as a band since then?
I think since the first time Phil and Alice played we’ve come on a lot. Our style has changed and the way we write our song has definitely improved. We’ve worked with more producers so we’ve learnt a lot from all our studio sessions. We’re also a lot more happy with our live performance as well so we’re excited about this year and can’t wait to get out there and a tour a lot.
The new EP ‘Where The Wild Are’ is due for release next month. How do you think it weighs up compared to your previous EP?
I think it shows development with our songwriting and shows more depth of style. Lucy’s also got a song on the EP that she wrote and sings solo. Where the Wild Are EP was recorded a couple of months ago and the next EP after shows more development as well. I think we’re really starting to understand what our sound is now though.
What are your plans for the rest of summer? Have you got any shows your particularly looking forward to?
We’re playing a bunch of festivals this summer which will also give us a chance to see a load of bands that we like as well. We’re really looking forward to playing ‘This is not a love song festival’ in Nimes, South of France. We’re playing the same day as The Brian Jonestown Massacre who we love.
Finally, can you give us a band you’ve seen live recently who we really ought to give a listen?
We’re all going to watch a band called ‘Pond’ (half of Tame Impala) in Manchester soon. Check them out!
By Josh Shreeve (@JJShreeve)