Southern Backtones

Southern Backtones

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Psychedelic, Indie, and Modern... "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 Chronicle)

Biography

The Southern Backtones offer up a modern rock synthesis of Brit-pop and psychedelia with their latest self-titled release.

A darker, more bohemian influence than prior efforts, Southern Backtones, an expansion on the band's 2004 EP of the same name, is a third album of music-noir: art-film lyrics with major motion picture sonic imagery.

An exciting blend of raw brit-influence with roots planted firmly in Texas - this is not your typical indie rock. A constant exercise in metamorphosis has created an enigmatic southwestern feel reminiscent of Morrison and The Doors with an edge akin to early eighties brit-rock powerhouses a la The Cult and David Bowie.

The parts - Hank Schyma, vocals/guitar; John Griffin, bass; and Todd Sommer, drums - create a sum of lyrical and musical intensity in an era recently devoid of any wit or inventiveness.

Schyma's dark confessionals are backed by the band's solid mesmeric production and, like few of their contemporaries, the Southern Backtones invoke a mid-eighties heavier than new wave, softer than punk, but always charged with emotion, kind of feeling.

The band has seen a great deal of attention in recent times with a national tour sponsored by Levi's and a feature in ASCAP's renowned Audio Portrait series. College radio attached itself to the band's EP with significant to heavy rotation nationwide while the band toured relentlessly in 2005 and 2006.

The Houston Chronicle calls Southern Backtones "a sea of expansive, dark rock with the unmistakable, vampy touch of David Bowie and the indigo mood of Echo & the Bunnymen."

Expect great things in 2007 from this band that takes the road less traveled. For an act that refuses to follow trends, the Southern Backtones have unwittingly placed themselves into an admirable pool of uniquely different acts. Those who have effortlessly made their mark on the world in a way that few ever have or ever will.

Southern Backtones is available through Crystal Clear Distribution, Outbound Music, CD Baby and iTunes.

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Lyrics

They'll Never Come Between Our Love

Written By: Hank Schyma

It's the morning of lovers, the dawn of the exodus
Soon we will see our adversaries cast aside
Come out of the shadows, our wild earthly pleasures
Will strangle the ones who try to confine you and I

They'll never come between our love (X's 4)

The light will reveal us walking among
Those on our right and those on our wrong
Traitorous friends throw down your guns
Judas trio drop your tampons

They'll never come between our love (X's 4)

Engaging lovers lie star-crossed for remaining dark hours
Whispering orthodox retards madly sharpen back-stabbing knives

Cause they don't love
they don't love

Shhhhhhhhh
Steady, steady, steady

Look to the Sun the morning's begun
This is our finest hour
Rejoice the battle has been won

Look in the mud, their corpses spill blood
Their voices nullified
Forsaken swine, they had it coming

They'll never come between our love (X's 8)

Copyright ” 2004

Dirty

Written By: Hank Schyma

Your clothes belong to shaggy floor
You wear a smile you dirty thing

Make a dark wish
On a mattress
This hotel is
a little dirty oh-yeah

Make a dark wish
On a mattress
number five is
A little dirty Oh yeah

Oh yeah Oh yeah
A little dirty oh yeah

Oh yeah Oh yeah
A little dirty oh yeah

The bible closed in bedside drawer
Cartoons anoint freaky TV

Fertile hotel
tattered dark hair
number five yeah
A little dirty Oh yeah

Fertile hotel
tattered dark hair
I'm going down there you're
a little dirty oh yeah

Oh yeah Oh yeah
A little dirty oh yeah

Oh yeah Oh yeah
A little dirty oh yeah

Hide your eyes bad angel
Smile and do your thing
Same time next week, same place
Baby do your thing

Oh yeah Oh yeah
A little dirty oh yeah

Copyright 2006 Helicity Music (ASCAP)

Forever

Written By: Hank Schyma

Believer's lives will never come to an end
Cottontails are in the gardens crapping colorful eggs
And timeless love is symbolized in a ring
But the vows seldom match a diamond's longevity

The constellations fill an eternal sky
But the heavens are the curtains for the boundaries they hide
Believers' lives will never come to an end
Unless the tale is just a popular misconception

This is forever
We are forever

Eternity's a concept people blindly accept
It's fear of a terminus that puts the sting into death
Believers' lives will never come to an end
Unless the tale is just a popular misconception

This is forever
We are forever
This is forever
We are forever

Lying dormant in blackness again and again
There on hold for no dial tone again and again
Shelved in jars of a formaldehyde solution
Looking forward to commercials in the dead air

Discography

Southern Backtones Self-titled
Southern Backtones EP

Set List

Everything
Forever
They'll Never Come Between Our Love
Dirty
Glamorous
Little Ghost
My Hell
Here's Looking at You
Fallen Angel
Make Up
Call off Your Dogs
Glory Box (Portishead)
Common People (Pulp)
*Other various sets depending on gig