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SOUTHREN / Blog

The Music of Southren

SIN CITY IS THE CATALYST FOR THIS LAS VEGAS BASED, 3 MEMBER POWER TRIO, WITH INSPIRATIONS FROM THE GREAT POWER TRIO, JIMI HENDRIX’S BAND OF GYPSYS. SOUTHREN HAS DEVELOPED ITS SOUND FROM THE GROWL AND GRIT OF THE HEAVINESS OF THE GUITARS AND THE CUTTING-EDGE LEAD VOCALS FROM THE DRUMMER SIMULTANEOUSLY SUPPLYING THE HARD EDGE SOLID GROOVES THAT ENHANCE THE LIVE GUITAR RHYTHMS. LIKE A GIANT WALKING THROUGH THE CITY WITH BIG HEAVY WET SOGGY BOOTS, THESE INGREDIANTS GIVE THE SOUND THAT IS “SOUTHREN” ITS PHYSICAL LIFE AND PUTS THE POLISH ON WHAT IS TRULY A DIAMOND IN THE RUFF. THE BAND, SOUTHREN, WAS FORMED IN LAS VEGAS BY LEAD VOCALIST. PRODUCER, AND DRUMMER, KIP MUNGIN ALONG WITH GUITARIST WILLIAM “ANIMAL” VAFAI AND BASSIST EDDIE VALVERDE. BEING BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA AND HAVING DEEP ROOTS AND TIES TO ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, TEXAS, AND NEW ORLEANS, THE NAME “SOUTHREN” AND THE CONCEPT FOR THE ALBUM WAS EASILY CREATED. WHAT PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT THE SOUTH IS THE DOWN HOME WAY OF BEING, KEEPING IT MOVING WITH A SMILE EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY AND STUGGLE, IE. HURRICANE KATRINA. THE MEANING BEHIND THE SONGS IS JUST THE SAME. IT’S INSPIRATIONAL AND UPLIFTING BUT TOLD IN SUCH A DOWN HOME WAY WITH SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED ROCK N ROLL OR WHAT THE BAND CALLS SOUTHERN ROCK SOUL!!! BEGINNING WITH THE 1ST SELF-ENTITLED SONG, SOUTHREN IS BEST DESCRIBED AS SOUTH-ERN FUNK ROCK AND SOUL MIXED WITH HIP HOP TO FORM THE MUSIC AND SOUND THAT IS “SOUTHREN”. SIGNATURE SONGS LIKE “1968” BRINGS THE PSYCHADELICAL SOUNDS OF THE 60’S AND “MILITANT EYEZ” GIVES AWARENESS AND IS INSPIRED BY THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, WHILE “I’M FLYING AWAY” AND “STILL I RISE”, POSITIVELY UPLIFT MAINTAINING THAT SOUTHREN SIGNATURE FUNK- ROCK GROOVE. “GYPSY MAN”, THE 1ST COMMERCIALLY RELEASED SINGLE, INJECTS THE HEART AND SOUL OF SOUTHREN INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF MUSIC.

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