Southern

This southern named band which is not from the south, but has a southern feel, is simply named for the last name of this brother and sister fronted group of Belfast, Ireland. I always enjoy running into groups welded together by blood. Certainly, when they sound as sweet as this group, that connection is something not to be overlooked.  I got a bit of Irish blood flowing in these veins, so maybe I am partial to current creations sprouting from those green mountains, but the more these vibrations flow by my ears, the more happy I am to share them here.

They have been featured by the Guardian’s Paul Lester as one of his bands of the day. (Link)

Bio from their Facebook page

Southern are Belfast-born, Liverpool-based brother and sister band Thom and Lucy Southern with drummer Eoghan Clifford. They follow the acclaim for the ‘Southern’ EP, with another instinctive collection of songs that veer from juggernaut-sized blues-kissed rock’n’roll punk to folk/country.

Links to band pages

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Soundcloud page

The first video has a few live versions on Youtube that offer different perspectives of sound. I suggest checking some of those versions out. The second song plays just as well as the first. The third is a much slower ballad type of tune that speaks to getting outside. Something that touches desires deep within me.

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”   Wendell Berry

Two Gallants

Since 2002, this two man show has been creating thought raising vibrations. They took a break for a few years, than came back in 2012 when they released their fourth album “The Bloom and Blight”.  These are two passionate performers. The lyrics are loaded with passionate emotion. Two fellows from San Fran, telling stories and singing poetry with little, to no filters. This milk is unpasteurized. This is straight unpolluted bourbon from the barrel.  A heart sings, and nature stirs not, and love was seen dancing with these truths. These truths may not be yours or mine, but any truth from a  heart, should not be lightly disregarded, when the source is so easily recognized.  It is a pleasure to share these vibrations with you.

I come across an incident that this band experienced during a small show in Houston. It happened apparently around 8 or 9 years ago. It is an example of the problem we have with the level of separation between law enforcement and citizens. It is becoming more aware to people through social media these days, and makes it appear as if these abuses of power have just recently started to have grown to an alarming state. If one looks around enough, they might see that the term “police beat” has always had a double meaning.  I recognize that many in law enforcement hold good intentions, and by no means, mean to paint them all in a bad light with a single stroke of the pen. The good ones, would do us all a favor by being more mindful of those officers who lose relations with good intentions, and help quell these apparent abuses of power that leads to senseless suffering and loss of appreciation for all of those wearing a badge. Be responsible.

Link to an interview on the incident.  

Two Gallants Wiki page

Two Gallants Homepage

Two Gallants Facebook

Two Gallants Twitter

The first video is heartfelt and moves me to the empty promises, promised in school books and the pews of my youth. I’m not a John Wayne fan anymore. The fool he made of me, died some time ago.  The second video brings emptiness. Sweet emptiness that draws in love’s breath. Sweet emptiness releasing through an ocean of tears. Oh, to be free with the love of emptiness. I really like this tune. :).  The third share is more recent from a KEXP recording.

“They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority.” Gerald Massey