Houston Music

The Rocks Off 200: Southerland Nights, an Army of Accolades

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Who? If you haven't heard all that much about Southerland Nights, it could be because they've been out building their fanbase somewhere far away from Houston. In the two years and change these five young men have been making music together, they've accumulated more than 11,000 likes on Facebook and 7,700 Twitter followers, no small potatoes in these parts. In August they'll hit the road for an East Coast tour that will bring Southerland Nights to hotspots like Huntington, W.Va.; Ardmore, Pa.; and Jamaica Plain, Mass.; but also Brooklyn, Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y.

Last October the quintet released debut EP Destroy Something Beautiful, which covers a lot of territory in just five songs, energetically mingling pop-punk, modern rock, industrial lite and even a little EDM -- it's a little all over the place, but pretty damn catchy for a Houston band. It's definitely a swinging-for-the-fences kind of sound, and Southerland Nights has the ambition to back it up. (They're another band that basically cold-called us to write about them; we keep telling y'all it works.)

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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