Southern Drama

Southern Drama

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandRockAvant-garde

"Either a nightmarish 50's style vaudeville act or one of the best indie bands in Austin."

Biography

SOUTHERN DRAMA NOW FEATURED IN SOUNDCHECK MAGAZINE!

http://www.soundcheckmagazine.com/features/sodra.html

LIVE RECORDINGS FROM THE 90.5FM KUT STUDIO 1A NOW FEATURED ON TEXASMUSICMATTERS.COM!

http://texasmusicmatters.kut.org/2008/10/17/southern-drama-in-studio-1a/

Southern Drama is an eclectic blend of sultry and sour vocals, erratic and experimental violin, haunting vaudevillian piano, carnival-esque bass lines that thunder like a stomping circus elephant, and ramshackle guitar, percussion and toy sounds.

The press had this to say about their debut release, an LP titled 'Little Broken':

"The most compelling recording to cross this desk in weeks...a marvelous soundtrack for the Friday-night-alone blues." -The Austin Chronicle
"Either a nightmarish 50's style vaudeville act or one of the best indie bands in Austin" -Cannibal Cheerleader

"That music this refined comes from a band so young is noteworthy; that it comes without any adherence to social subcultures or caricacterization is what sets them apart as a group worthy of respect and a much, much wider following." -Soundcheck Magazine

"Creativity is one of the high points here, it has this distinctive vintage feel to it, but at the same time a modern vein runs through it as well marrying together seamlessly." -Infuzed

"It takes a second to fully grasp the beauty that lies not in soft smooth edges but in a raw unabashed form. Southern Drama is not easily characterized; there's a slight touch of pop sensibility but its buried in an almost Old World gypsy jazz both sultry and dark. Its something to be experienced...wonderfully rogue and unfiltered." -Austin Sound

Lyrics

Lightswitch

Written By: Miss Clarissa Ysel

What if the lights go out
Or the walls here thicken
Or the people next door decide to leave?

Don't you tell me that you're ready
Cause it looks like you're not going
Anytime soon, and then...

No, it's not true
The things that they told me
Even though I believed every word

Don't you tell me that you're ready
Cause it looks like you're not going
Anytime soon, so then....

Blood Red

Written By: Miss Clarissa Ysel

Well I knew by the way you closed your eyes
That you would one day lead to my demise
And I knew by the way you held my hand
And touched your lips so sweet

Well I pretended not to notice
The BLOOD RED clouds and moon
And I walked across the fire
Just to be your little spoon
Just to nurse my open wound

If you don't go to sleep its not gonna hurt
If you do then it shurely will
The little birds that can fly
The rest are all gonna die
Cause winter is comin to kill

What would you want with a girl
Who never rode the sky
She'll wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to make certain you're alive-

And when you're not she'll cry
When you're not she'll dieā€¦.

Sour is the Day

Written By: Miss Clarissa Ysel

sour is the day on which I found you
sour is the day I curse it all the time
sour is the day when I first saw you, my love

o little candlelight, I'll keep you lit if you won't burn my house down
o little candlelight, won't you keep me warm tonight?

the one I love is dead and gone away
as far as I'm concerned
the one I love is dead and gone away
many a sleepless night from now on

sour is the day on which I found you
sour is the day I miss it all the time
sour is the sweet day I first saw you, my love


Discography

DEBUT ALBUM

'Little Broken' LP
Self-Released/Lucy The Poodle's Recording Co.
Copyright 2007

RADIO/TELEVISION PLAY

Southern Drama's debut album has received radio play on Austin, Texas radio stations KUT 90.5fm and KVRX 91.7fm regularly since the summer of 2007. Their full-production music video 'Ghost Town Blues' has also been aired weekly on Austin music video staion ME TV (Channel 15) since January of 2008.

LIVE RECORDINGS

Live Session in Studio 1A on KUT Public Radio 90.5 FM
Radio Without Borders hosted by Laurie Gallardo
Podcast available at: http://kut.org/items/show/12869
May, 2008

Live session at KVRX College Radio 91.7fm
Local Live Radio Show
Downloadable at: www.kvrx.org
November, 2007

FILMOGRAPHY

'Ghost Town Blues', 2007
A music video shot on 16mm film
Directed by Clarissa Ysel
Austin, Texas

'A Killer Waltz on Thin Ice' 2008
A music video shot on HD Video and 8mm Film
Directed by Cat Gray
Los Angeles, CA

'Untitled Documentary' 2007
Filmed during Southern Drama's West Coast Tour 6/07
Directed by Matt Castro
Release date TBA

'Lightswitch' 2007
A music video/short film shot on 16mm film
Directed by Clarissa Ysel
Austin, Texas

'Southern Drama', 2005
A music video shot on Super 8 Film
Directed by Clarissa Ysel and Naomi Cherie
Smithville, Texas

'Blood Red' 2008
A music video shot on HD video
Directed by Naomi Cherie
Austin, Texas

Set List

Southern Drama typically performs a 35-45+ minute set with 9-12 original songs depending on the type of venue or event.

Lightswitch
Candle Light Blues
A Killer Waltz on Thin Ice
Sour is the Day
1920's Song
Blood Red
Ghost Town Blues
Southern Drama
Transylvania
The End of The World