Souther Is For Lovers (it should be one phrase, ya know?)
Sometime just over six months ago I began to hear murmurs of a band called Souther. Months later I found myself at their EP release show, which sold out. Not only did an all local lineup sell out a club, but I was stunned at their stage presence.
Carly of Souther has a personality that translates to a phrase somewhere along the lines of “unassuming badass” in my mind. She and the rest of the band can certainly shred and craft tight tunes, but they seem to be unaware of how good they are. That only adds to their appeal though.
Take the EP opener “Honest,” for example. The band gets into a steady groove and you feel like you have a grasp on the song as a listener. THEN – out of the wild comes an awesomely in-your-face guitar solo that somehow manages to be humble and not in your face in an indulgent way. “Honest” is Souther’s mission statement. Maybe not in lyrical form, but in musical form for sure.
The other side of “Souther comes through in “Desk,” which meanders along in a way that is simultaneously gnarly and easy-listening. If there is ever a music video for this, I imagine at some point it will involve the band driving across the country somewhere while Carly non-chalantly solos in the backseat – staring out the window.
Overall, I would describe the sound of Souther as a sort of easy listening blues-inspired rock n roll with bursts of energy. This sums up just why the band has been quietly moving upward in the local music consciousness of Columbus, Ohio. I hope that they keep going. One day we’re going to wake up and wonder how the band got so huge.
Souther will be bringing their grooves to Tuned Up’s Steadfast Festival alongside Ben Sollee, The Classic Crime, and more May 6th. More info here.