The New Southern Electrikk

The New Southern Electrikk from Manchester in England is the smudge-synth quintet of Monica Ward (Vocals), Zack Davies (Guitar), Rikki Turner (Keys), Steven Tajti (Bass) and Jim Correy (Drums).

The New Southern Electrikk - photo by Shari Denson

The New Southern Electrikk – photo by Shari Denson

Think of Olive Oil presses and you are in the vicinity of The New Southern Electrikk who drip finely tuned unctions across the room. The music wraps the listener in warming smothers of sound-scape as garage rock and new romanticism coalesce into an amalgam in which you just want to bathe.


Combinations of driving percussion and pearlescent bass duel with a guitar that flicks around the ears in vituperative echoes as the synth weaves threads of multi-coloured billows of goose-down in which the brain takes comfort as a vocal acts like a blood-letting outlet for the frustrations to spill as The New Southern Electrikk allow thoughts to ferment.

Still in early stages of development the quintet have much to add to the world of music and they are still in the egress of an earlier iteration – as those of longer readership will know – perhaps immediately recognising the ‘kk’ in Electrikk.

I look forward to discovering more as the few tracks I have been able to hear demonstrate that The New Southern Electrikk have much to offer.

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Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk

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).

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk - alt-synth from England

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk

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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