Signs of Life EP

by Southern Cities

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The Signs of Life EP signifies a rejuvenation and a step forward for Southern Cities. The album heavily features indispensable new member Andrew Turner on vocals, lead and harmony. It showcases the talents of local virtuoso musicians, bassist Stirling Walsh and fiddler Evie Andrus, and the efforts of seasoned Knoxville drum whiz Chris Bratta (Tim Lee 3). It signifies a step forward in bandleader Matt Montgomery's production vision in conjunction with The Arbor's owner and studio producer John T. Baker (Westside Daredevils) and studio engineer Gray Comer (Kevin Abernathy Band/Wild Things). The lyrical poetry of Luke Brogden grows in scope, incorporating life lessons accrued and the increased participation of the other members in developing its voice, from the personal to the existentially universal. The Signs of Life EP may be a smaller part of a larger work that develops over time, but for now this is the new sound of Southern Cities.


released December 18, 2015

Vocals - Andrew Turner
Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica - Luke Brogden
Lead Guitars/Lap Steel/Dobro - Matthew Montgomery
Bass - Stirling Walsh
Drums - Chris Bratta
Fiddle - Evie Andrus

Written by Luke Brogden, Matthew Montgomery & Andrew Turner

Produced by Matthew Montgomery

Recorded at the Arbor Studio by John T Baker & Gray Comer

Mastered at Tiny Treehouse by Matt Honkonen



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Southern Cities Knoxville, Tennessee

Southern Cities is the songwriting collaboration of Matt Montgomery, Luke Brogden and Andrew Turner. The songs reflect the group's influences, from roots to rock, jazz and psychedelia; and chronicles their coming of age experiences across the cities of the modern South. ... more

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Track Name: Signs of Life
Where’d you go my love?
My passion, my art
Elusive spark you are
Cloud covered star

Lost in my own thoughts I found you again
Hoping you’ll stay around My long lost friend

I think that I'm seeing signs of life,
Oh, I think that I'm seeing signs of life.

Welcome back my love
Dark ages over now
It’s our rennaissance
This is our time

Wing on wing we fly
Veins pumping with signs of life
Soaring High
Chest thumping with signs of life

I think that I'm seeing signs of life,
Oh, I think that I'm seeing signs of life.
Track Name: Black Ice
Snow makes the branches bow down To me as I walk
Back from the store
All because the tires on my car
Are so bald
They can’t grip the black ice I’d just slide and fall

I like to lay in bed
Wrapped in Grandma’s quilt I just like how it feels
With you folded in my arms At the center
Of the universe

Black ice don’t bother me Don’t got no place to go
I just picked up a few things Now I’m good to go

Sunshine, you leave me alone!
Track Name: Every Single Dime
First light what a fright
Reminds you that you had quite a night

Takes a pot of blackest brew
to start your weary mind
If you we’re to chase the worm
You’d end up far behind

Plug in with your friends
Be glad that you’re not like
Them who seek ends
They count the time
worried about every single dime

You’re cookin now
Feelin right
So fortunate and glad to have a life

Not sittin in some corner office counting down the time
till the right amount of acculmates and you retire

Plug in with your friends
Be glad that you’re not like
Them who seek ends
They count the time
Worried about every single dime

They're worried about every single dime
I'm still worried about every single dime
We're all worried about every single dime