Melbourne rockers The Southbound Three have just dropped the first single off their forthcoming album 'Beggars Road' and the classic references come thick and fast.
“Kiss the sky and touch the sun, ride my train baby be my one / Whiskey, wine and rum, did you forget I’m a loaded gun? / Break free I got to run, let me be your Loaded Gun.”
Self-described as three minutes, 30 seconds of pure vintage rock’n’roll, The Southbound Three are staking their claim as Melbourne’s purveyors of the classic 70s throwbacks with the first taste of their forthcoming record.
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An upbeat tambourine-belting ode to the past with catchy guitar hooks and summer vibes, The Southbound Three throw in plenty of lyrical references to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Doors.
However, The Southbound Three are also definitely rooted in the present. This track’s a collaboration with Dope Lemon member Brad Heald (formerly of The Vines and Wolfmother) so while it’s a tale of an exceptionally hazy night out in the city, it packs a contemporary pedigree to boot.
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It’s a tantalising taste of what’s to come with Beggars Road for Melbourne blues/rock afficionados, and comes with the throwdown that Melbourne’s rock scene is alive and well as bands begin to showcase their lockdown work left, right and centre.
The Southbound Three consist of Peter Murrell on vocals, Damon Yuill on guitar, Lincoln Budgen on drums and the aforementioned Heald on bass.
They list influences ranging from The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, The War on Drugs, and Lynrd Skynyrd, to The Black Angels, Marcus King, Rival Sons & Jason Isbell, so there’s no shortage of reason to get excited for what’s to come.