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South embodies a sound all their own
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

South w/ multiple opening acts
Monday, May 12 - 8 PM
Nectar Lounge
$11


Excuse me if I come across a bit jaded, but every other rock band is starting to sound the same these days. True, it's hard to be original in an industry that glorifies commercial success instead of artistic merit - though I just wish some of these bands would at least try something different. One exception is English trio South, relatively new to the music scene yet displaying an eclectic charm and subtle confidence that some artists barely tap into midway through their careers. Joel Cadbury, Jamie McDonald and Brett Shaw were teenagers at an exclusive prep school on London's north side when they discovered their mutual love for music, not crunching numbers. Mild acclaim in the form of positive reviews and opening gigs for established acts like The Strokes gave South partial limelight, yet it took them 15 years to acquire license to make the record they always had in mind. You are Here is the threesome's full-length debut this side of the Atlantic, a stellar 13-track effort unearthing everything from dreamy rock ballads to upbeat trip-pop numbers - as if they poured every ingredient from their heart, mind and soul into it and stirred to a perfect boil.

"Better Things" is the initial single from You Are Here, and unfortunately it's the least impressive - better choices are "Wasted," "Tell Me," and "The Pain." Fans of early Guster, Dave Matthews and Travis projects will likely embrace the sounds of South. At Nectar Lounge, in the Fremont district of Seattle, they'll uncork much of their fresh material but expect them to reach back to previous UK-issued albums to fill a headlining set with. On a Monday night and outside the downtown and Capitol Hill perimeters makes this show a difficult event to add to your calendar, although if you've been searching for a band that takes a brave stab at originality, then give South a try. I'd hate to see talent like this wasted because of today's commercial powers-that-be, and ignoring them would only grant major record labels and corporate radio enterprises a reason to ignore them too. Tickets are only $11 advance. Four bands are listed as openers, meaning anyone who doesn't have to work on Tuesday morning might be interested in checking them out.

Artist essentials: Visit www.myspace.com/southofficial and listen to "Wasted" or "Tell Me."

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