The essence that is “sin city” is the perfect muse for this Las Vegas based, three member power trio. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin, Earth Wind & Fire, Phill Collins, Frank Zappa, The Roots, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Buddy Myles, Santana & almost everything Motown ever put out. Bassist Eddie Valverde, guitarist & co writer, “Animal” William Vafai, & Kip Mungin, lead vocalist, drummer & producer. Have created a sound that can only be described as Southren. With Kip being born and raised in south Jacksonville, Florida & having deep roots & ties to Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, & New Orleans, the name “Southren” & the concept for the album flowed from memories of his upbringing- the music, culture, and tenacity that can only be called the south. “What people love about the south is that down home swagga, keeping it moving with a smile even in the midst of tragedy & struggle, i.e. Hurricane Katrina.
The meaning behind the songs is just the same.” The 1st track, self-entitled “Southren” is best described as soul rock mixed with hip hop to form the mystical sound that is “Southren.” You can hear the growl & grit, the heaviness of the guitars, and the cutting-edge vocals by the drummer simultaneously supplying the intoxicating hard-edge rhythmic grooves that enhance them live. The signature song “1968” brings back the psychedelic sound of the tumultuous 60’s,while “Militant Eyez” is wonderfully inspired by the voice of the people. “I’m Flying Away” & “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 mainstream music. Southren’s sound is good music told in a down home way mixed with old fashioned rock-n-roll (or what the band calls, soul rock!) Add a pinch of musical genius and you have the perfect recipe for a legend in the making.