The roots/rock trio Mission South premieres their new single “Saint” on ARTISTdirect today, the latest off the D.C. band’s forthcoming sophomore EP Migration Vol. 2 – due out this Tuesday, April 9. Listen to “Saint,” here: http://bit.ly/ARTISTdirect-Saint. The band kicks off their sixteen-state Spring Tour tonight in Philadelphia. For full tour dates, see below or visit: www.missionsouth.com.
Migration Vol. 2 is the second installment in Mission South’s acclaimed 3-part Migration EP series. With a sound reminiscent of The Black Keys, Dr. Dog and Ben Harper, Mission South goes beyond their blues-rock roots by adding a mixture of pop, folk, and modern tones while maintaining their defining soulful edge.
In the new EP, Mission South crafts six individual tracks that can firmly stand alone as impressive works, but when put together create an unparalleled cohesiveness – a metaphor for the band itself. Much of this focus on unity comes from the band’s history. Members Dan Miller (guitar/vocals), John Beck (bass/vocals) and Max Harwood (drums) grew up together on the same street, attended grade school together and began playing music and writing songs together as early as middle school.
While most bands call it quits when they head off to separate colleges, Mission South continued playing together whenever they possibly could, even with members attending college in New Orleans, Virginia, and Vermont. When the band realized the distance was hindering the band’s progress as a live act, they began traveling for weekends of non-stop shows in their college towns, growing the Mission South fan base with every stint and in one short year, packing frat houses, selling out shows, and creating an impressive draw along the East Coast.
Capitalizing on the momentum, the band hit the studio in the Spring of 2012 to record “Migration, Vol. 1″ which quickly topped DC’s Independent Music Download charts and later earned them a runner-up position on the DC Deli Magazine’s Poll for ‘Best Emerging Artist of 2012.’
After graduating in May 2012, Mission South returned to D.C. with a newly invigorated focus and drive to transform their childhood dream into a professional endeavor. In less than a year since taking on the band full-time, Mission South has already shared the stage with Keller Williams, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Virginia Coalition and performed at iconic venues such as the 9:30 Club in D.C., The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, and will hit The Fox Theatre in Denver and play Crawfest in New Orleans with headliner The Funky Meters this Spring as part of a 50-date national tour in support of the new EP.
Mission South will release Migration, Vol. 2 on April 9th. Please head to www.MissionSouth.com for more updates.
Spring Tour Dates:
Apr 4 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 5 – Sally O’Briens – Somerville, MA
Apr 6 – Turtle Underground – Colchester, VT
Apr 7 – Radio Bean *Acoustic Set* – Burlington, VT
Apr 9 – Nectar’s – Burlington, VT
Apr 10 – Stella Blues – New Haven, CT
Apr 11 – Sullivan Hall – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Red Red Wine Bar – Annapolis, MD
Apr 13 – Bayou – Washington, D.C. (Album Release Show)
Apr 17 – Deep South Bar- Raleigh, NC
Apr 18 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
Apr 19 – Mockingbird Café – Bay St. Louis, MS
Apr 20 – CRAWFEST @ Tulane University w/ The Funky Meters – New Orleans, LA
Apr 22 – Sneaky Beans – Jackson, MS
Apr 23 – Hole in the Wall – Austin, TX
Apr 24 – TBA – Dallas, TX
Apr 26 – The Fox Theatre – Denver, CO
May 1 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
May 2 – TBA – Cleveland, OH
May 3 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY