Born in Belfast, Liverpool-based, Detroit-spangled, this self-titled EP from this charming new band is brief, but full of promise, and only occasionally a little bit misplaced.

Firstly, if you object to any song that features the phrase 'do-si-do', then unfortunately this record from Southern may not be for you. This is a record that goes under the guise of 'blues' without ever feeling it has to delve into twelve-bar territory, and is a short snippet from a bunch of very talented musicians. The tracks are short and snappy; to the point without losing focus at all. Vocal duties are shared between Thom and Lucy Southern (brother and sister), and their harmonies compliment each other when they're both riffing off one another, something you wish there was more of here, as this is something which works exceptionally well.

Unfortunately, a bit of a muddled last track really harms the overall aesthetic of what's on offer here, and it's hard to lose that feeling as you come out of a listen to Southern. The debut record starts strongly, with 'Shout It' making itself known as a three minute slab of dirty garage-rock. My own particular qualms with this genre outside of its obvious hometown is that it can often come across as a little bit disingenuous, and miss the whole essence of the scene. Somehow, Southern have managed to completely live inside that particular feeling, and the riffs used are genuinely surprising like that. 'World Don't Shine' carries on this early success, and brings a more understated vibe to the affair, which sits nicely after the more brash opener. 'Just Think About It' comes next, and probably steals the show, with choruses making way for bluesy solos, call and response vocals, and all cocooned in this wonderful catchy, rhythmic, funky beat.

Unfortunately, the EP ends with 'Cool Kid', and it just doesn't feel right at all. Weak hooks, and it sounds completely unlike anything they've displayed previously, which is really jarring. For instance, if the first three tracks were The White Stripes, this track is more Oasis / The Kooks than anything. It's not necessarily terrible (neither were Oasis, for the record), but it's genuinely confusing that this song was included in an otherwise strong collection, and it just doesn't work with the rest of the tracks.

All in all, I'm coming out of this record wanting to hear more from Southern. They've got me sold, and I'd advise anyone to follow up from what they've done here.