If Haim were the sibling outfit who dominated 2013, expect new brother-sister act Southern to have the same effect in 2014.
They’ve been described as “the most promising singer/songwriters in Ireland today” and soon their furious mash-up of blues, alternative rock, pop and hip-hop will win them even wider acclaim.
You can catch them before they go massive at the Ferret tonight.
Thom and Lucy Southern were born in the early 90s, in Manchester, but the family moved around a lot, eventually settling in Belfast when they were six and eight.
Lucy describes the family as “arty – my dad’s side were all graphic designers, my mum’s are really musical”.
The record that made Thom want to play guitar was Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. “Then for three years I wanted to be Angus Young of AC/DC”, he recalls, “after that, it was Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins.”
Lucy was more into classic rock, The Beatles and Neil Young in particular. It’s this melding of influences that fuels their unique, punchy brand of songcraft.
Having decamped to Liverpool in 2013, they now have a full live band.
Their self-titled debut EP, recorded at Parr Street studios in Liverpool, features material that represents a fiery departure from their more folky, harmony-based early songs.
“I never want it to be twee,” warns Lucy, who co-writes everything with her brother.
Support comes from Bill Orrick, whose atmospheric folk and soaring vocals are tempered with strange chords and leftfield time signatures, and Jess Robert.