A talented new local band ‘Two Steps South’ has released their debut album and already it has been getting rave reviews.
The popular trio, who all hail from Lurgan, have plenty of experience in the music scene and all bring with them their own talents and a fresh, exhilirating sound.
Friends, Mark Haddock, Gerard Magee and Tony O’Hara have been mates for years and all have played in various bands over the years.
However recently they formed ‘Two Steps South’ to explore their songwriting skills.
Mark explained: “While comparing notes on this subject over a shandy one night we thought it would be an interesting challenge to have a go at producing an album of original songs.
“Something that was totally independent, where everything would be done by ourselves. This involved writing, recording, producing and mastering the actual songs. We did cheat a little during the recording process when, during the very first session, while writing “Let it Rain”, we had an idea that a Pedal Steel might help with the ‘mood’ we were after and so we called in our good friend Lawrence Hill who contributed enormously throughout.
“When we had finished with the recording process we were impressed enough to think we should actually release the album and so we set about designing the sleeve etc, designing and building our website, www.twostepssouth.com, where the album is available for purchase and trying to take advantage of the social media tools on the web, i.e. Facebook, Reverbnation, YouTube, to publicise and maybe drum up a bit of interest.
“We currently have three videos on YouTube and Reverbnation, again self-produced.” The trio all have their own mix and influences, from folk, country and rock music and an ear for a good pop tune.
They have just completed their first album called ‘There They’re There’. It consists of 12 original tracks the album fuses their passion for Irish folk/country music and Americana country. ‘There They’re There’ is an eclectic mix of those influences, full of catchy hooks with carefully crafted arrangements and articulate lyrics. The first release from the album is ‘Let It Rain’ a wonderfully catchy country/pop song that is already getting airplay on the local radio and internet stations. Two Steps South are currently rehearsing for the possibility of playing some gigs to help promote the album and working on new material for future releases.
For more information check out their website http://www.twostepssouth.com/ If you want to hear some of their songs check out the links on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5LNLOaEvLPTC1b-fiuRTYA
we thought it would be an interesting challenge to have a go at producing an album of original songsMark Haddock