There’s a gritty authenticity to this four-track debut EP from two-piece band Southern
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Proud winner of Belfast Busker Of The Year, Thom Southern may not exactly be the tortured Mississippi bluesman his name suggests, but neither is he some new bluegrass gatecrasher nibbling the crumbs of the buffet at The Black Keys’ shotgun wedding. There’s a gritty authenticity to this four-track debut EP from the two-piece band he formed with his sister Lucy, and a dedication to the form in Thom’s impassioned yelps and dolorous drawls. Beyond playing it like a rabid maniac frothing in a ditch, there’s clearly little new to be done with the blues, but ‘Shout It’, ‘Just Think About It’ and ‘Cool Kid’ certainly infuse it with the kind of warmth and melodic freshness that you’d only get from recently moving to Liverpool.