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Southern Backtones / Bio

"The only way some of this stuff could get any beautifully darker is if it grew black wings and flew away.” Fort Worth Weekly

“Southern Backtones is not Southern rock. It is a sea of expansive, dark rock with the unmistakable, vampy touch of David Bowie and the indigo mood of Echo & the Bunnymen.” Houston Chonicle

“The musicianship and songwriting are top notch… Highly recommended.” Exclaim.ca (Canada)

“The songs are rich-sounding, well-crafted rockers with plenty of rootsy and modern influences. But the lyrics are provocative and thoughtful in surprising ways.” ASCAP.com

“This moody, ethereal retro-tinged modern hard rock act (think U2, Nick Cave, The Cult) from Houston, seems primed for massive underground success.” connectsavannah.com

WINNERS: “Best Traditional Rock” 2006 & 2007 and Nominated “Best Song-writer” 2008. Houston Press

WINNERS: “Best Local Band & Best Local Vocalist” 2000. houstoncitysearch.com

General Info

Band Members
Hank Schyma - Lead Guitar / Vocals, Todd Sommer-Drums, Larry Arabia-Bass
Artist Name
Southern Backtones
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Indie / psychedelic spaghetti western

Contact Info

Houston, TX
ZenHill Records - W. Ross Wells, Dan Workman