|Southern Backtones Biography|
2011 heralds the release of Southern Backtones 4th album (ZenHill Records) which fuses the best parts of the prior three albums with the Backtones mature voodoo-rock sound into a delightful psychedelic, Spaghetti Western patois.
“Los Tormentos de Amor” (1998): Clever surf-punk ditties played with precocious passion, all owing allegiance to a strong “whatever-a-billy” or “Spaghetti Western” influence. Quite the classic, the album has become an underground jewel and sells for upwards of one hundred bucks.
The Formula (2002): A furious denial and overthrow of the pearl button, greaser-roots-rock heritage. Punk-ish songs of superficial lust gone wrong dove-tailed with South-of-the-border, Tex-Mex crooners.
The third album, simply self-titled “Southern Backtones” (2007): A dark cinematic embracement of Brit-pop and psychedelia in a philosophical search for more bohemian influences. Songs “Forever” and “Everything” were featured in the indie feature film “Drop Dead Sexy” starrring Jason Lee and Crispin Glover. Music Video “Forever” (produced by Zenfilm) has had international airplay on MTV2, MuchMusic Canada, CNBC and more.
“Cinematic songs begging for a movie to live up to their promise.” San Francisco Bay Times
“Brooding paeans to loves won, lost, and unrequited infused with smart, poppish melodies. The only way some of this stuff could get any beautifully darker is if it grew black wings and flew away.” Fort Worth Weekly
“Southern Backtones is not Southern rock. It is a sea of expansive, dark rock with the unmistakable, vampy touch of David Bowie and the indigo mood of Echo & the Bunnymen.” Houston Chonicle
“The musicianship and songwriting are top notch… Highly recommended.” Exclaim.ca (Canada)
“The songs are rich-sounding, well-crafted rockers with plenty of rootsy and modern influences. But the lyrics are provocative and thoughtful in surprising ways.” ASCAP.com
“This moody, ethereal retro-tinged modern hard rock act (think U2, Nick Cave, The Cult) from Houston, seems primed for massive underground success.” connectsavannah.com
WINNERS: “Best Traditional Rock” 2006 & 2007 and Nominated “Best Song-writer” 2008. Houston Press
WINNERS: “Best Local Band & Best Local Vocalist” 2000. houstoncitysearch.com
Houston, United States
Year Founded: 1999
Year Founded: 1999
Hank Schyma [Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet]
Todd Sommer [Drums]