The roots/rock trio Mission South announces today they will release their sophomore 6-track EP Migration Vol. 2 on April 9th, 2013. This will be the second installment in their acclaimed 3-part Migration EP series. With a sound reminiscent of 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 the soulful edge that makes their music so impactful. For more information and a free download of Vol. 1, visit: www.music.missionsouth.com.
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, the motivation to perform and write songs together stayed consistent. “There would be times when we’d fly back from college, and instead of seeing our families first, we’d go straight to Max’s to jam,” explains Miller.
The first two years at college were productive for the trio as individual musicians, but the distance was hindering the band’s progress as a live act. Recognizing their potential to draw college crowds with their infectious tunes, the band began traveling to each others colleges for weekends of non-stop shows, growing their fan base with every stint. By their senior year, Mission South was 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 to name a few 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 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.
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05. Photographs & Fables
Mar 7 Port City Brewing Co. Alexandria, VA
Mar 8 Café Nola Frederick, MD
Mar 14 Amped (Red Gorilla Music Fest) Austin, TX
Mar 16 Prytania Bar New Orleans, LA
Mar 17 The Nick Birmingham, AL
Mar 20 Nowhere Bar Athens, GA
Mar 22 622 North Blacksburg, VA
Mar 23 Velvet Lounge Washington, D.C.
Apr 4 The Fire Philadelphia, PA
Apr 5 Sally O’Briens Somerville, MA
Apr 6 Turtle Underground Colchester, VT
Apr 7 Radio Bean 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 **Album Release Show** Washington, D.C.
Apr 18 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
Apr 19 Mockingbird Café Bay St. Louis, MS
Apr 23 Hole in the Wall Austin, TX
Apr 26 The Fox Theatre Denver, CO
May 4 The Haunt Ithaca, NY