Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Southwood is a band of many talented hats. Their music is modern, but also undeniably classic and timeless, bringing to mind Hootie and the Blowfish, Sister Hazel, even Johnny Cash at times. Their sound contains the best of these artists but rather than that making them seem like a cheap imitation, it gives them a flavor all their own, setting them apart from the countless other up and coming bands gunning for recognition.
Their debut EP combines the best elements of alternative and country, coupling infectious rhythm in songs like “Nashville” and “Hey!” with velvety rich vocals and clever, relatable lyrics. Their softer side shines in “Heart Don’t Lie,” Mitch Wetherington’s voice being the cherry on top of a delicious musical sundae, full of captivating percussion and guitar, sprinkled with a sweet bass line. They easily transition from rocking full band to stripping down to just acoustic guitar and vocals in “Long Way Down,” a beautiful ballad that will have you reaching for a box of tissue. Their southern roots shine in this all too brief introduction to their talent. Once you finish listening you’ll be all to eager to listen again and again, thirsting for more.
Scene SC: How would you best describe your band’s sound?
Southwood: Alt. Country meets 90’s Alternative with Southern Rock overtones
Scene SC: Which bands or artists do you feel have had the greatest influence on your music?
Southwood: Hootie & the Blowfish, Tom Petty, Jet, Matchbox 20, Aerosmith
Scene SC: What are you most looking forward to for the future of your band?
Southwood: Gettin’ our picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Just Kidding. No, but seriously.
Scene SC: What sets y’all apart from some other up and coming bands across the nation?
Southwood: Mitch’s light show.
Scene SC: What are some of your favorite things about South Carolina’s music scene? Is there anything you would like to see change?
Southwood: South Carolina’s music culture is very diverse – from mountain music to hip-hop to beach shag, there is something for everyone. We would like to see more venues that support original music, as opposed to one or two venues per city. We’d also like to see local radio stations playing more local music.
Scene SC: How about the national music scene? Anything you would like to see change?
Southwood: We’d like to see Independent radio become more prominent on a national level. We get tired of hearing the same 40 songs 50 times a day.
Scene SC: Who are some of your favorite South Carolina or regional bands? Which bands do you think your fans should check out?
Southwood: Brother Trouble
Southwood is: Mitch Wetherington — lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Henri Gates — lead guitar, vocals; Austin Campbell — bass, vocals; Craig South — drums.