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As a young kid growing up in suburban Brisbane, Chris Southern would be kept awake almost every other night by the sound of his outrageously drunken parents and their friends singing at the top of their lungs. As each bottle of whiskey and wine were drained, the singing became louder and louder. Classic songs from Jerry & The Pacemakers, Roy Orbison and the Beach Boys were mercilessly butchered by slurring, borderline alcoholics doing their best to drown out the stereo. Neither howling neighbourhood dogs nor visits from the local police seemed to quell the madness.
It was during these many sleepless nights however that Southern began to inherit something more that just a drinking problem. He was developing a keen sense of melody and harmony. Although it was hard for him to be appreciative at the time, (he once even called the police himself from the upstairs phone in a vein attempt to get some sleep) those simply written but beautifully orchestrated songs were seeping into his subconscious.
After years of guitar training from a highly respected Brisbane guitar teacher, Southern would eventually begin to write and sing his own songs. The Melodies and Harmonies in these songs would often reflect those that had kept him awake during so many nights as a kid. His Lyrics however, both mysterious and poetic, would set him apart.
Frustrated with the inconsistencies and unreliability of being in bands, Southern has decided to pursue his first major release as a solo artist. Joyhouse Love was recorded in two different studios located in Australia’s famous coastal town Byron Bay. Southern was joined by long time friend and bass player Dave Hagger as well as Mullumbimby session musicians Dave Sanders (Drums) and Connor Fitzgerald (Piano & Keys). The record was engineered and co-produced by well known Byron Bay producer Anthony Lycenko.
Joyhouse Love is a collection of melody inspired songs that are intelligently arranged to go a little beyond the average songwriters resolve. Each chorus will have you singing along at the top of your voice. Perhaps even loud enough to inspire the next generation trying so hard to sleep.