Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk from Manchester in England is the alt-synth collaboration of Mary Joanna (Vocals), Rikki Turner (Keys), Steven Tatji (Bass), Spencer Birtwhistle (Drums), Stephen Evans (Guitar) and Zack Davies (Guitar).
Experienced performers and musicians Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk have taken little time to get into their stride and I thought it would be of interest to take a few minutes out to consider a sextet with only two tracks available, nary a handful of gigs, but big plans that look set to come to fruition.
As regular readers will know by my recent comments, the emergent sounds of 2014 in the UK have fast evolved into, malcontent dark textures combining the underpinnings of solid rock influences with the floating chambers of synths, which resonates of a country in flux and implosion and it is the North West – Manchester / Liverpool / Stoke-On-Trent / Sheffield quadrilateral in which this is best found. Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk are perfectly in tune with this movement.
The dreamy synth floats around the room like mist rising from a cold moor on an autumn dawn, as lilting guitars glitter in the shroud and an emphatic bass / percussion combination evokes of hidden menace, whilst tightly binding the head is a vocal which presages the unfolding realities of life.
A new single due out on the 22nd September – Wasted – is something to look forward to. Further ahead an LP is being put together of which You Knew, You Knew has recently appeared.
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