A hodgepodge of sound and endless source of fun, the Honorable South has burst onto the local scene with their own breed of alternative pop-rock party music. It’s impossible to pigeonhole their sound into any one genre as their beats and inspirations vary effortlessly from track to track. For example, overall their music harks back to an age of pop where guitars provided the main backup melodies to front-and-center vocals, though there are still some hints of electric fuzz, reggae/ska upbeats and punk surprises laden throughout each of their down-and-dirty-fun songs.
Notably, White Stripes-like guitar riffs and Modest Mouse sensibilities permeate their space of sound, both clean and lyrical, distorted and rugged. They have an overall feel-good way about them (think: Outkast), peppered with bouts of harder, rawer rock (think: Yeah Yeah Yeahs) both instrumentally and vocally. Lead singer Ms. Charm Taylors vocals are hypnotic, soulful and textural in all the right places. She’s backed up by Jamal Batiste on drums, Jarred “Nation” Savwoir on bass, and producers Danny Kartel and Matthew Rosenbeck on guitar. They followed up their first EP, Dirty in the Light (2009), with I Love My Tribe (2012) this January, a reference to their “tribe” of friends and fans as they are known on the band’s social media profiles.
Check out some of their upcoming shows:
2/15 – Fridays in the Quad @ Tulane University, 4pm
3/16 – WTUL Basement Release @ Circle Bar